By Kaya 959 Reporter
Police have arrested over 1000 people in anti-crime operations over the weekend. Of the 1 058 suspects, 25 were nabbed for drunk driving.
Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele says police in Tshwane district conducted an integrated operation. Officers arrested over 300 suspects who were wanted for various crimes.
“Seven suspects were arrested during the illegal liquor outlets raid. Of the arrested suspects, illegal immigrants were taken in to be processed by the Department of Home Affairs.
“Over 150 other suspects were arrested during operations and raiding of wanted suspects in the district,” he says.
Police nabbed more than 350 suspects in Ekurhuleni and on the West Rand. Officers arrested the suspects for various crimes including attempted murder and dealing in drugs.
Police arrested a further 25 drunk driving suspects during a roadblock in the West Rand.
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Two suspects nabbed for perjury
Makhubele says intelligence-driven operations were also conducted in Johannesburg. The operations resulted in the arrest of more than 250 suspects.
Their criminal offences include rape, possession of suspected stolen property, assault, possession of drugs and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
According to Makhubele, more than 140 suspects were arrested in Soweto. He says all the suspects have made their first appearances in courts around the city.
Police have also arrested a 43-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man for separate incidents of perjury.
According to police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo, the woman was arrested after it was revealed that she reported a false hijacking in Boksburg.
The 22-year-old was arrested for opening a false theft case.
“Both the arrested persons are facing a charge of Perjury and expected to appear in the respective Magistrate’s Courts. Opening a false case diverts much-needed resources away from the investigation of serious cases and wastes the police’s time. Therefore the SAPS warns people to refrain from opening false cases,” Masondo says.