[PHOTOS] Police proud of 263 arrests during successful operation
Nov. 07, 2019
“Gauteng will never be the same again. No one will commit crime and be happy and relaxed as if nothing happened. We are here to stamp our authority and restore law and order in the whole of Gauteng,” Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela warned. This statement came after yet another successful Okae Molao operation on the West Rand, during which more than 263 arrests were made.
The Gauteng Premier, David Makhura together with Lieutenant General Mawela; Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Visible Policing (Vispol), Major General Pharasi; and West Rand District Commissioner, Major General Kekana were among those who led the operation.
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They were joined by the Mogale City Executive Mayor, Naga Patrick Lipudi; Mogale City Public Safety; Provincial Vispol; Provincial Police Emergency Services; Gauteng Traffic; Mogale City Traffic; and Krugersdorp and West Rand Police management teams.
The focus of the operation was on Krugersdorp and its surrounding policing areas.
Early on Thursday, 31 October, two well-resourced roadblocks were set up, one in front of the lodge on the R28 and the other, also on the R28, at the four-way crossing from the direction of Randfontein towards Kagiso.
A statement from the Kagiso Police spokesperson, Captain Solomon Sibiya stated that the focus of the roadblocks was finding undocumented people, illegal property or substances, stolen and unroadworthy vehicles, and more.
No one was given a free pass at the roadblocks – even Makhura helped to search vehicles and check serial numbers.
At one point they found a man who tried to pass off another man’s identity document as his own. Security transport, school transport and cars with trailers were pulled over and checked.
A man on a bicycle thought he could just pass through, but even he was searched and his documentation checked.
The police also handed out festive season safety tips, and awareness pamphlets about gender-based violence.
When the operation progressed to sting operations, the police found seven vehicles, two of them multi-million rand high-performance German cars, in an isolated and hidden chop shop in Chamdor. Four people were linked to the illegal operations and arrested.
Other arrests included 118 undocumented people, nine people for possession of drugs, one person for fraud, one person for selling liquor without a licence, four illegal miners, one person for possession of stolen property and one person for possession of a fake gun. There were also 14 traffic fines issued to the value of R135 400.
Police recovered about 172 rounds of ammunition for firearms such as AK rifles, revolvers, hunting rifles, 2.70 rifles, and 9mm handguns. They recovered two explosives and one [unit of] explosive gel. Alcohol with a volume of 871 000ml, seven spades, two drums, two chisels, two buckets and 15 bags of gold-bearing material were confiscated.
“I feel proud and honoured to have dedicated officers and members of this calibre. I really appreciate it. Keep up the good work,” Kekana said proud.