Operation Shanela has led to over 500 000 arrests

Police Minister Bheki Cele. PHOTO: X/@SAPoliceService

Police Minister Bheki Cele has stated that 551 506 suspects have been arrested for various crimes across the country since Operation Shanela was introduced in May 2023. On 7 April 2024, Cele said that the police who are on the ground have been pushing back on crime through high density operations in high crime areas across the country.

“Over 500 000 suspected criminals have been removed from society and brought before the courts to answer for their alleged crimes,” he said.

“Officers in all nine provinces, led by the respective Provincial Commissioners, have conducted almost 70 000 (69 468) high density crime prevention and combating operations in the last 11 months,” continued the Police Minister.

Cele outlined the arrest numbers, breaking down the over 500 000 arrests.

The nationwide high-density operations have yielded significant results, leading to the apprehension of 8 563 suspected rapists and 6 045 individuals suspected of murder.

Additionally, 4 410 suspects have been detained for attempted murder. Police have further apprehended 63 573 suspects for assault causing grievous bodily harm and 37 333 suspects for common assault.

Moreover, 41 191 individuals have been arrested for contravening the Immigration Act and were found to be residing in the country illegally.

Through various roadblocks and stop-and-search operations conducted nationwide, 16 073 drunk drivers have been apprehended therefore ensuring safer roads.

2 819 individuals involved in illegal mining activities have been apprehended and have appeared before various courts.

1 028 suspects who were involved in hijackings, have been arrested over the past 11 months. Additionally, 3 670 suspects are facing charges related to business burglary, while a further 10 743 individuals have been arrested for breaking and entering residential properties.

These operations demonstrate an effort to uphold law and order across various criminal activities.

“Working jointly with local, provincial and national traffic police and other sister departments, the focus of Operation Shanela remains the prevention of crime,” the Minister said.


Compiled by Warren Hawkins