More than 2000 arrested in the FS in two weeks


Partnership policing, supported by intelligence-led information, continues to reap excellent results in the Free State.

According to police spokesperson Mahlomola Kareli, since the launch of Operation “Shanela” in May 2023, police throughout the country have promised to have more boots on the ground and have increased visibility.

He said that this resulted in more stop and searches, increased detective tracing operations, vehicle checkpoints, including compliance inspections at liquor outlets and second-hand goods dealers.

“While the detectives were busy with their weekly operations, multi-disciplinary-led crime prevention duties continued, in which different government departments took part. This was to deal decisively with crimes such as murder, rape, assaults, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, possession of dangerous weapons, possession of suspected stolen goods, theft, illicit mining and contravention of the Immigration Act,” said Kareli.

He added that for the past two weeks, about 2 247 people have been brought to book.

“With the festive season upon us, police patrols and crime prevention initiatives have gained momentum and will be intensified throughout the province. Criminals have declared war against ordinary law-abiding citizens and have continued to terrorise and instil fear in our communities. We will not be kind in our response to those who think they will undermine the authority of the state and its citizens,” he concluded.

Compiled by Justine Fortuin