Police strike back at crime

2017-07-19 06:02
Det. Lesang Ntedisang with some of the items confiscated by the police during the high density disruptive operation in the John Taolo Gaetsewe cluster on Thursday (13/07). At least 18 suspects were arrested. The charges ranged from possession and dealing in drugs, possession of suspected stolen property, arson, possession of copper wires, drunken driving, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and malicious damage to property.Photo: Supplied

Det. Lesang Ntedisang with some of the items confiscated by the police during the high density disruptive operation in the John Taolo Gaetsewe cluster on Thursday (13/07). At least 18 suspects were arrested. The charges ranged from possession and dealing in drugs, possession of suspected stolen property, arson, possession of copper wires, drunken driving, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and malicious damage to property.Photo: Supplied

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At least 18 suspects are still awaiting court appearances at the Kuruman Magistrate’s Court after being arrested by the police during a high density disruptive operation in the John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) Cluster on Thursday (13/07).

The suspects were arrested for offences ranging from possession and dealing in drugs, possession of suspected stolen property, arson, possession of copper wires, drunken driving, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and malicious damage to property.

The operation, led by crime intelligence, saw the seizure of drugs with a street value of R380 000 from Wrenchville, Bankhara and Seven Miles.

Brig. Mohale Ramatseba says dagga was also dug up from a suspects’ yard in Seven Miles after being detected by police sniffer dogs.

Six illegal firearms and ammunition were also recovered, and alcohol was confiscated from an illegal liquor outlet in Kathu.

According to her, the operations were led by the provincial head of the operational response team, Brig. Monica Sebili, and the station commander of Kuruman, Brig. Kenneth Baloyi, under the command of the cluster commander of the JTG cluster, Maj.Gen. Johan Bean.

Members of provincial visible policing, the flying squad, the air wing, crime intelligence, the Traffic Department, the tactical response team, public order police, K9, corporate communication and marketing, criminal record and crime scene management and the neighbourhood watch took part.

Police members of the JTG cluster (Kuruman, Mothibistad, Bathlaros and Kathu) also formed part of the operation.

The focus of the operation is reported to have been on trio crimes, wanted suspects, drug dealers, transportation of stolen goods, drunken driving and lawlessness in the cluster.

Patrols, stop and searches, road blocks, high police visibility and monitoring of liquor outlets were conducted, with aerial support from a police helicopter.

A Kagung liquor outlet was also issued a fine of R3 000 after it failed to comply with the legal closing time of 02:00.

The provincial commissioner of the South African Police Service in the Northern Cape, Lt.Gen. Peter Shivuri, welcomed the commendable work by all members who participated in the high density operation.

He reiterated that similar operations in the province will be the order of the day in the Pixley ka Seme cluster, the Namakwa cluster, the ZF Mcgawu cluster and the Francis Baard cluster.

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