The police arrested 295 suspects during operations that were conducted throughout the Northern Cape over the Easter weekend.
THE POLICE arrested 295 suspects during crime intelligence-driven operations that were conducted throughout the Northern Cape over the Easter weekend.
Police spokesperson Captain Olebogeng Tawana said on Tuesday that “disruptive” operations from April 15 to 18 focused on human trafficking, drug trafficking, offences under the Firearm Control Act and the Northern Cape Liquor Act, undocumented persons, stock theft, assault, gender-based violence, vehicle theft, Road Traffic Act violations, drinking in public, drunken driving and traffic violations.
“Several disruptive raids and confiscations were conducted at identified residences in Frances Baard, John Taolo Gaetsewe, Pixley ka Seme, ZF Mgcawu and Namakwa districts, concentrating on drug dealing.
“Numerous stop-and-searches and vehicle checkpoints on national and secondary roads were conducted throughout the Province.”
Tawana added that various SAPS units, Community in Blue patrollers, community policing forums (CPF), neighbourhood watches and law enforcement agencies were involved in high-visibility patrols and multi-disciplinary crime-prevention operations to ensure that holidaymakers and residents were safe over the Easter weekend.
“Drugs and cannabis with an estimated street value of R347,365 were confiscated. Liquor and 28 dangerous weapons other than firearms were also seized. A total of 532 fines were issued while 5,554 vehicles and 10,717 persons were searched at static roadblocks and vehicle checkpoints at all major roads leading into and out of the Province.
“Compliance inspections were conducted at 303 liquor outlets including taverns, during which 2,591 litres of liquor was confiscated, and 3,289 tuck shops were visited throughout the Province.”
Tawana stated that 295 suspects were arrested and 532 fines were issued between April 15 to 18.
“The arrested suspects are expected to appear in respective magistrate’s courts on various charges ranging from possession of suspected stolen goods, dealing in drugs, drunken driving, traffic violations, drinking in public and assault.”
The acting provincial commissioner in the Northern Cape, Major-General Joey Kers, commended all SAPS members, law enforcement agencies, external role-players, the CPF structures and citizens for their duties, support and co-operation during the Easter weekend.