Women in blue take to the streets

2015-08-26 06:01
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Over 340 vehicles were checked and 337 people stopped and searched during Operation Basadi.

PHOTO: joshua maistry Over 340 vehicles were checked and 337 people stopped and searched during Operation Basadi.

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KEEPING in line with Women’s Month, over 120 women in blue from SAPS Pietermaritzburg, SAPS Mountain Rise and SAPS Alexandra, conducted Operation Basadi under the leadership of Operational Commander Brigadier Francis Bantham.

The mission of this operation was to infiltrate the respective policing areas in an intelligence- driven operation which was conducted in three stages, tracing of wanted suspects, visiting second-hand goods dealers and roadblocks.

For four hours, from 6am, crime prevention and detective services members joined forces to trace outstanding suspects. A total of 43 suspects were arrested for murder, rape, hijacking, domestic violence, business robbery, fraud, possession of dagga, assault GBH, assault common and drunken driving.

In addition to the arrests various items were recovered, including a 9mm pistol, ammunition, sound systems from motor vehicles and about five kilograms of dagga with an estimated value of R20 000.

During the second phase of the operation members visited 59 second-hand goods premises­. A full-scale inspection was carried out and members also checked for stolen property. The books were inspected to see whether the business was fully compliant with the Second­-Hand Goods Act.

At the end of this phase all premises were found to be in order, this was due to regular meetings held with these business owners and regular inspections carried out by the station members.

The third phase of this operation was a full- scale roadblock with the assistance of SAPS Dog Unit, SAPS Pietermaritzburg FCS Unit, CSC Members and Road Traffic Inspectorates. A total number of 344 vehicles were checked and 337 people stopped and searched. Several traffic fines were issued to drivers and vehicle owners­.

Bantham commended all the women who executed­ a successful operation. “I would also like to thank the community who have played a positive role with regards to information. This has assisted us in a successful operation. It’s people like you who make the difference in creating­ a safer community for everyone. Community partnership is the way forward in the united fight against crime.” - Supplied

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