In a concerted effort by the South African Police Service in Limpopo to deal head on with all categories of crime throughout the Province, 866 suspects aged between 19 and 51 were arrested for various offences.
The arrests were effected during the operation “New Dawn”, conducted since the 17th June until this morning, 25th June 2019 covering all Clusters of the Province.
The operation was made of various police units from the provincial, cluster and station level which are Crime Intelligence, Crime prevention, the Detectives, the Public Order Police Unit, K9 Unit and the Tactical Response Team (TRT).
These simultaneous operations are aimed at stabilizing and normalizing the crime infested areas, through roadblocks, stop and searches, tracing of wanted suspects and raiding of unlicensed businesses including liquor outlets.
The suspects were arrested for crimes ranging from murder, attempted murder, business and house robbery, armed robbery, burglary residential and business, rape, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, possession of drugs and suspected stolen properties, contravention of Immigration Act to driving under the influence of liquor and operating unlicensed liqour outlets.
During these operations, police also issued 1001 traffic fines, closed 08 shebeens and confiscated five(05) cars, computers, 27 knives,10 firearms, cash amount of money, TVs, cellphones drugs weighing over 230g, etc.
The origin of the recovered firearms and other items will still be determined through the ongoing Police investigations.
The suspects arrested during this operation will appear before various magistrate courts around the province.
The Acting provincial commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Major General Jan Scheepers has appreciated all the arrests and commended the Saps members who participated in these operations for their excellent job.