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Over 350 arrests as Operation Shanela strikes again in N Cape

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Over 350 suspects were arrested in the Northern Cape during a week-long law enforcement operation that focused on reducing contact and violent crimes in hot-spot areas of the Province.

The multi-disciplinary operation resulted in a number of successes and the arrest of over 350 suspects. Pictures: SAPS

IN A WEEK-long, high-density operation known as Operation Shanela, law enforcement agencies in the Northern Cape focused on reducing contact and violent crimes in hot-spot areas of the Province.

The multi-disciplinary operation, which ran from May 6 to May 12, resulted in a number of successes and the arrest of over 350 suspects.

Northern Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Timothy Sam detailed the various actions and police activities carried out during the operation. These included vehicle checkpoints (VCPs), stop and searches, foot and vehicle patrols, compliance inspections, and efforts to curb drug smuggling and other illicit activities.

Across the Province, several VCPs and roadblocks were set up, resulting in a total of 2,243 vehicles and 5,168 individuals being stopped and searched. Furthermore, 1,345 compliance inspections were conducted at various establishments including second-hand goods dealers, scrapyards, recyclers, private security firms, firearm dealers, businesses and farms.

According to Sam, the operation yielded significant results, with 246 suspects arrested for a range of offences including attempted murder, assault, burglary, illegal possession of a firearm, malicious damage to property, illegal dealing in liquor, possession of dangerous weapons, dealing in and possession of drugs, illicit mining, stock theft and being undocumented immigrants.

In a notable incident, the police in Springbok arrested two suspects for possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition after receiving a tip-off from the public about a suspicious vehicle parked at a shopping complex. The suspects’ vehicle was also confiscated.

In addition, 110 wanted suspects who had evaded court appearances and contravened court orders were traced and apprehended.

The operation also led to the confiscation of large volumes of alcoholic beverages, drugs, dangerous weapons, diamonds, and cash believed to be the proceeds of crime.

The provincial commissioner of the SAPS in the Northern Cape, Lieutenant-General Koliswa Otola, expressed her gratitude to all law enforcement agencies for their continued collaborative efforts in clamping down on crime. She also thanked the community for their support and for sharing information with the police, demonstrating the power of community-police partnerships in maintaining law and order.

The multi-disciplinary operation resulted in a number of successes and the arrest of over 350 suspects. Pictures: SAPS

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