The Department of Police released their festive season successes and related crime information on Thursday.
Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko, and Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), Khomotso Phahlane released information relating to the successes achieved through policing operations countrywide throughout the Safer Festive Season #BackToBasics operations embarked upon between the period 1 October and 31 December 2016.
The integrated approach which enabled the participation of law enforcement agencies, including the departments within the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster, had contributed towards the successes and the realisation the SAPS’s vision of ensuring that all people in South Africa are and feel safe.
The Safer Festive Season #BackToBasics operations were characterised by police visibility realised through patrols, roadblocks, search and seizure operations, deployments in strategic areas specifically the malls as well as investigative operations which resulted in the arrest of wanted suspects and those who were evading the law.
The Department of Police provided good news for all in South Africa, advising inter alia that between October and December 2016 (the duration of the security operations):
- 83 479 persons were arrested in South Africa
- The arrests were effected during 705 639 policing operations
- 1 060 firearms and 8 691 rounds of ammunition were seized
- 2 443 886 searches were conducted
- 669 vehicles were seized
- A large quantity and variety of drugs were seized, for example in the Western Cape on 18 November 2016, a drug dealer was arrested with 31 000 Mandrax tablets.
In the spirit of accountability and transparency, the Department of Police also released information on how these high-visibility, multi-disciplinary operations influenced crime trends and crime statistics over this period.
Nhleko and Phahlane expressed their appreciation for the hard work, commitment and sacrifices of SAPS officials and our counterparts in the JCPS Cluster.
Statement issued by the South African Police Service