Information from the South African Police Service (SAPS) has it that the Gauteng police arrested over 1700 suspects of various crimes over the weekend.
The arrests enabled by intelligence-driven operations came with the seizure of over 20 firearms.
From what we learnt, the intelligence-driven operations were carried out by the police and other law enforcement agencies in collaboration with well-meaning South Africans. And, it included tracing of wanted suspects, raiding of illegal liquor outlets, roadblocks, stop and searches.
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“The community is responding positively to the call of reporting crimes to the police …,” SAPS stated as it narrated an instance where an anonymous call enabled the arrest of a man with a firearm.
“In Ekurhuleni Primrose, police received an anonymous call about a man that was carrying a firearm. Police responded swiftly to the tip-off and the man matching the description was spotted.
“Police searched the man and found an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in his possession. The suspect was immediately arrested, thanks to the tip-off from the community,” SAPS related.
The police service further related that the over 1700 criminals Gauteng police arrested will have to answer for crimes ranging from armed robbery, hijacking, murder, possession of drugs, to rape, assault, theft, possession of unlicensed firearms and business robbery.
Already, the suspects are being dragged to different Magistrate Courts in the province. SAPS thanked South Africans for their continued support and involvement in the fight against crime.
“It is through such collaborative efforts that the level of crime can be reduced,” SAPS upheld.
Meanwhile, a similar operation in Eastern Cape led to the arrest of 169 suspects in the Uitenhage Cluster.
The suspects were arrested for similar crimes like rape, robbery, housebreaking and theft, possession of drugs, possession of suspected stolen property, burglary, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm and theft.