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NC police operation targets priority crimes, over 230 suspects arrested

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As part of its efforts to combat priority crime in the Northern Cape, the Operation Shanela team arrested 234 suspects.

Operation Shanela actions continued to ensure that priority crimes were addressed throughout the Province. Pictures: SAPS

IN A RELENTLESS effort to combat priority crimes throughout the Province, the Northern Cape police launched Operation Shanela. The operation, which ran from Monday, May 27 until Sunday, June 2, saw multi-disciplinary teams executing actions across all five districts.

According to Northern Cape police spokesperson Colonel Cherelle Ehlers, the operation involved a series of actions including premises searches, stop-and-search actions, high-visibility patrols, compliance inspections, roadblocks and vehicle checkpoints.

The operation proved successful with the arrest of 234 suspects, including 119 suspects who were wanted in connection with serious crimes such as murder, rape, assault GBH and illegal possession of firearms. Detectives were instrumental in the arrests of the wanted suspects.

In addition to the arrests of the wanted suspects, the operation also led to the apprehension of individuals involved in drug dealing, illegal liquor dealing, possession of drugs, murder, attempted murder, attempted rape, assault, and burglary.

During the operation, a total of 5,503 individuals and 2,835 vehicles were stopped and searched.

Five unlicensed liquor outlets were also closed during the course of the operation and a significant amount of alcohol was confiscated.

Furthermore, a considerable amount of drugs and cash, believed to be the proceeds of crime, were seized during the operation.

Ehlers said that Operation Shanela “will not relax” in its efforts to combat crime in hot-spot areas and national key points. The ultimate goal is to secure the safety of all inhabitants and essential infrastructure in the Northern Cape.

Operation Shanela actions continued to ensure that priority crimes were addressed throughout the Province. Pictures: SAPS

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