Almost three years ago, on the 13th day of December 2013, The US Republican Nominee, Donald J Trump tweeted that “South Africa is a crime ridden mess that is just waiting to explode.”
Thanks to the South African Police Service (SAPS) however. They’ve been working hard to stop Mzansi from exploding as predicted.
SAPS nabbed over 1000 crime suspects in a Western Cape operation. The operation was conducted at the infamous “murder capital” of SA – Nyanga, and Mitchells Plain.
According to the South African Police Service, the operation yielded more than 400 arrests in Nyanga Cluster. And, led to the arrest of 618 crime suspects in Mitchells Plain.
Over 1000 Crime Suspects Arrested
“Arrests were made during daily stop and search operations by SAPS members from Nyanga Cluster, resulting in 707 liters of alcohol being confiscated.
At the same time, 126 drug houses were searched and 209 arrests were made when 23 g Heroin, 528 g ‘Tik’, 225 Mandrax tablets and 8687 g dagga were confiscated.
Ten stolen vehicles were also recovered and 30 arrests were made for crimes against women and children.
Eleven firearms and various ammunition were also confiscated. Suspects will appear in the Athlone, Bishop Lavis, Philippi and Wynberg Magistrates’ Courts as well as in Fezeka Community Court.”
In Mitchells Plain, SAPS related that six hundred and eighteen crime suspects were apprehended.
“A total of 242 suspects were arrested for possession of drugs during stop and search operations…During these operations 1071.06 g Dagga, 306 Mandrax tablets, 430 g Tik and 127g Heroin were confiscated.
Crimes against women and children were addressed by the arrest of 18 suspects in domestic violence related cases.
33 motorists were issued fines for traffic violations to a total amount of R25 500. Twenty-one premises were also searched to prevent the illegal sale of liquor.
Tracing operations resulted in 47 arrests of wanted persons during 31 operations conducted.
Police members visited 1002 Spaza shops, mostly owned by foreign nationals, resulting in two firearms being confiscated and three suspects being arrested for possessing illegal firearms.”
SAPS vowed to maintain a zero tolerance approach in the prevention and investigation of crime. Thus, it called on anyone with information about criminal activities and illegal firearms in their areas to contact Crime Stop via 0860010111 or the Emergency call centre via 10111.