More than 200 people arrested


The South African Police Service (SAPS) , the Free State National Road Traffic Cooperation, National and Provincial Traffic, private security companies, the Departments of Health and Home Affairs, as well as the South African Revenue Services (SARS) yielded great success in a recent crime prevention operation as they aim for a safer festive season.

The operation that took place from 18 to 24 November 2020 saw more than 200 people being arrested for various crimes. The joint operation was done to conform to lqthe mandate of the Department for Safety and Security and SAPS as reflected in Section 205 of the Constitution of Republic of South Africa, to prevent, combat and investigate crime, to maintain public order, protect and secure the inhabitants of the Republic and their property, while upholding the law.

According to police spokesperson, Colonel Thandi Mbambo, a total number of 215 people were arrested during the period. “Seven people for murder, 2 for attempted murder, 1 for rape, 2 for gender based violence, 37 for assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, 28 for common assault, 4 for sexual offences, 1 for robbery aggravating, 1 for robbery with other weapon than a firearm, 8 for malicious damage to property, 8 for burglary in houses, 6 for theft of motor vehicle and motor cycle, 6 burglary excluding residents, 1 for a crime related to stock theft, 41 drug related arrests, 15 for possession of suspected stolen property, 15 for drunken driving, 19 for drinking in public, 5 for dealing in liquor, and 8 for domestic violence,” said Mbambo.

According to her the operation also led to the success in confiscation of three motor vehicles, alcohol, 71 firearms, 81 rounds of ammunition, as well as drugs, including cannabis, crystal meth, mandrax powder and tablets.

“Inspections for compliance were also conducted where 750 fines were issued, ranging from transgressions of the Liquor Act, traffic fines, as well as second hand goods,” concluded Mbambo.