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Operation targets priority crimes in Northern Cape hot-spot areas

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In a sweeping week-long crackdown, the police in the Northern Cape arrested 242 individuals in the latest Operation Shanela actions across the Province.

Police actions included stop-and-searches, high-visibility patrols, compliance inspections, roadblocks and vehicle checkpoints. Pictures: SAPS

IN A SWEEPING week-long crackdown, the police in the Northern Cape arrested 242 individuals in the latest Operation Shanela actions across the Province.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Cherelle Ehlers said that multi-disciplinary teams were instrumental in apprehending 130 suspects for various offences, including drug dealing, illegal dealing in liquor, robbery, attempted murder, assault GBH and burglary.

In a concerted effort to bring wanted suspects to justice, detectives successfully traced and arrested 112 individuals in connection with business robbery, murder, rape, and assault GBH.

The operation’s comprehensive strategy encompassed premise searches, stop-and-search actions, high-visibility patrols, compliance inspections, roadblocks, and vehicle checkpoints.

A staggering 5,679 individuals and 2,764 vehicles were subjected to stop-and-search procedures.

Addressing rural crime, police teams extended their reach to farms to combat stock theft. The Frances Baard and Pixley ka Seme districts hosted stock theft awareness campaigns as part of these efforts.

The clampdown also saw the closure of five unlicensed liquor outlets and the confiscation of a significant volume of alcohol. Additionally, substantial quantities of drugs and counterfeit goods were seized during the operation.

In alignment with Youth Month activities, the police conducted awareness campaigns and community engagements. These included school visits in collaboration with external stakeholders across all districts. The engagements focused on pressing issues such as human trafficking prevention, bullying, sexual offences, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy and school discipline.

Ehlers said that Operation Shanela is set to maintain its momentum with further disruptive actions planned for the coming week. These efforts aim to target priority crimes in identified hot-spot areas.

Police actions included stop-and-searches, high-visibility patrols, compliance inspections, roadblocks and vehicle checkpoints. Pictures: SAPS

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