Durban Police authority has captured about seven hundred and twenty-two (722) suspects in jut twenty-four hours.
This is according to the Durban police spokesperson Sally de Beer who revealed that while South Africans enjoy their holiday period, the police keep up with their duty to protect lives and properties and has thus been able to arrest people linked to several crimes such as murder, attempted murder, rape, armed robbery and assault.
“During Durban police operations in the 24-hour period immediately preceding the visit, 722 arrests were made, 438 of which were for serious crimes including murder, attempted murder, rape, armed robbery and assault with the intention to cause grievous bodily harm,” says Sally de Beer who further explained that the arrests took place just ahead of the visit on Saturday by Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko and acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane.
The Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko and the acting Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane, together with a large police delegation, visited a mall in KwaMashu and the beach front in Durban.
General Phahlane commended the Durban police officials for a job well done, especially during the festive period which was described as peaceful and conducive.
He also had a word of warning for citizens not to “wake up on 1 January 2017 in a police cell as a result of over-indulgence in alcohol which has led you to becoming involved in the commission of a crime,”
De Beer also said officials will continue to be on duty all through the New Year eve. He also and encouraged people to be responsible during celebrations.
Similarly, the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services says it’ll be keeping a close eye on all prisons around the country
His statement came after the spate of violent outbreaks at some of correctional facilities which saw three inmates dead and scores of others injured at St Albans Maximum Correctional Centre in Port Elizabeth on Boxing Day.
The inspectorate said it’ll launch its own investigation into the incident.
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