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Northern Cape police operation nets 462 suspects

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A week-long police operation in the Northern Cape, dubbed “Operation Shanela”, has resulted in the arrest of 462 suspects for an array of offences.

Intensified police operations led to the apprehension and arrest of 462 suspects involved in various offences. Pictures: SAPS

A WEEK-long police operation in the Northern Cape, dubbed “Operation Shanela”, has resulted in the arrest of 462 suspects for an array of offences.

The operation, which ran from March 25 to 31, was part of a concerted effort to combat contact crimes, drug dealing, gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF), and to limit the operational space for criminals.

The acting provincial commissioner of the SAPS in the Northern Cape, Major-General Luntu Ngubelanga, confirmed the operation’s success. He emphasised that the operation remains steadfast and focused on its objectives.

During the operation, a total of 18,215 police actions were executed. These included vehicle checkpoints (VCPs), stop and searches, foot and vehicle patrols, compliance inspections and detective-led drugs and tracing operations.

Across the Province, numerous roadblocks and vehicle checkpoints were conducted, resulting in 4,331 vehicles and 9,911 individuals being stopped and searched.

Compliance inspections were carried out at various locations, including second-hand goods dealers, firearm dealers, liquor premises, formal and informal businesses, mines and farms.

In addition, 2,458 patrols were conducted at shopping complexes, malls and crime hot-spots to enhance police visibility.

The arrested suspects were implicated in a range of crimes, including murder, attempted murder, robbery, assault, burglary, theft out of motor vehicle, malicious damage to property, dealing and possession of drugs, possession of dangerous weapons, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, illegal dealing in liquor, contravention of the Immigration Act and contravention of the Second Hands Goods Act.

Detectives in the Province’s five districts also traced and arrested 181 wanted suspects who had been evading the police, while another 281 individuals were arrested for other crimes.

The operation also led to the confiscation of large volumes of alcoholic beverages, drugs and numerous dangerous weapons at illegal shebeens, as well as the recovery of livestock and suspected stolen property in crime hot-spot areas.

Major-General Ngubelanga extended his gratitude to the SAPS members, external role-players and law enforcement agencies for their collective efforts during the Easter Holidays and beyond.

“We will continue and stay sure-footed in eradicating crimes from our communities and ensuring justice is served,” said Major-General Ngubelanga.

Intensified police operations in the Northern Cape led to the apprehension and arrest of 462 suspects involved in various offences. Pictures: SAPS

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