435 people arrested during Mangaung police lock down


Police have arrested 435 people during a five day lock down in the Mangaung and Parkweg Precinct areas. The lock down, which took place from 26 June until 30th June 2019, was aimed at addressing property crimes, robberies and murders in the province. Detectives from both cluster stations worked together in executing outstanding warrants of arrests.
Arrests were effected at both Mangaung and Parkweg Precincts for crimes such as attempted murder, business robbery, robbery with a weapon other than a firearm, driving under the influence of liquor, possession of a dangerous weapon, dealing in drugs, house breaking and possession of suspected stolen property.
Scrap metal dealers and second hand goods dealers were charged for not complying with the Second Hand Goods Act. Licensed liquor premises were visited to ensure compliance. Fines were issued and premises closed to community members selling liquor without licence.
More than 20 illegal immigrants were arrested and were charged for being in the country without legal documents, 8 people were arrested for driving while under the influence of liquor and 34 vehicles were impounded for not being roadworthy.
“This is one of our many operations where we want to ensure our communities are and feel safe. More operations are planned that will complement this successful initiative where we work with other government departments to curb the existence of crime in our communities,” said Free State Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Moeketsi Sempe.