Police arrest over a thousand in Free State


The high-density operation, Operation Shanela, continues to put more emphasis on crime as more than 1000 people were arrested in the Free Sate between 14 and 20 August.

According to police spokesperson Mahlomola Kareli, the South African Police Services in the Free State arrested 1 070 people for different crimes.

“For malicious damage to property, 56 suspects were arrested. While enforcing the Second Hand Goods Act, 17 people were arrested for contravention of the Act, and 18 suspects were arrested for possession of suspected stolen goods,” said Kareli.

He added that seven suspects were arrested for possession of illegal firearms, while 12 handguns were confiscated.

“Seven suspects were arrested for murder, while seven were booked in for attempted murder. 158 people were arrested for assault,” said Kareli.

“As a result of raids and intelligence-led information, 51 suspects were arrested for drug-related crimes and through detective detection operations, 410 suspects were arrested for different crimes and 103 undocumented persons were arrested. 49 others were arrested through our multi-disciplinary approach to policing,” he concluded.

Compiled by Justine Fortuin