News24

Over 300 arrested in Soweto, Lenasia

2012-07-22 20:10

Johannesburg - Over 300 people were arrested in Soweto and Lenasia during a weekend crime-fighting operation, police said on Sunday.

Police used road blocks and stop and search procedures to arrest 312 people between Friday night and Sunday morning, said Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela.

"Four unlicensed firearms were confiscated and four suspects arrested," he said.

Ten people were arrested for possession of dagga and three for dealing in dagga. The owner of a shebeen was arrested for operating without a permit. A man was arrested for possession of a stolen motorbike.

In total, 36 people were arrested for drunken driving, and the remainder were arrested for drinking alcohol in public.

"All these suspects will appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court, Roodepoort Magistrate's Court, and Lenasia Magistrate's Court tomorrow [Monday]," he said.

Comments
  • horst.muller.7330 - 2012-07-22 21:16

    Good work, but I am a bit puzzled by 'arrested for drinking alcohol in public'. I didn't know this is a criminal offence.

      robqb - 2012-07-22 21:21

      It's been against the law for more years than I can remember, and I'm 70.

      John - 2012-07-22 22:10

      It is a stupid LAW that no one obeys, thus it is not a LAW at all but some stupid STATUTE that someone dreamed up way back in history. Like the LAW in Durban that no person shall appear in public not being clothed from neck to knee!

      brandon.mccutcheon.56 - 2012-07-23 04:09

      Drinking in public is normally dealt with by police reprimanding you, removing you from the area and confiscating the booze. But normally, arrests happen because the person was unruly or posed a threat. As Oom Robqb said, it has always been against the law.

  • John - 2012-07-22 21:27

    Big deal! \r\nWhere are the murders gbh assaults rapes robberies thefts housebreaking arson pickpockets bribery corruption? Drinking alcohol in public. Go to any beach or picnic or braai area and you will see these CRIMES. Useless cops can only find a soft and easy target.

      thato.loeto.3 - 2012-07-23 10:26

      I knew before I read the story that more than 250 of the arrests would have to be public drinking- they most probably stopped at 2 or 3 house parties and picked up a few fellows having a great time at thier neighbours then report a 300 people arrested... why don't they go patrol the highways and cime hotspots in the area instead of setting up a stop& search operation down the street from the local bar/ tarven?...

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-07-22 21:53

    These are all petty crimes, easy targets to up their stats. What about the real criminals?

      Tree Spirit - NORML ZA - 2012-07-22 23:09

      I agree Muffin_man_can. When you consider that there is only a 10% guilty verdict rate for armed robbery and the conviction rate for murder is 13% while that for sexual crimes, including rape, is only 11.5%. Clearly there is too much focus spent on petty crime at the expense of working on cases of, and securing evidence for, successful convictions of serious crime. Police resources are obviously in need of better management.

  • Donald - 2012-07-22 22:21

    The way to bring down the crime rate in SA is to go all out at all the laws. When the petty crimes are brought to book the 'bigger crimes' will also reduce. 36 drunken drivers that will not cause accidents today and a lot less pedestrians that wont walk in front of moving cars. Well done to the men in blue!

  • John - 2012-07-22 22:55

    What the hell are these ROADBLOCKS and STOP and SEARCH anything but violations by these thugs of:\r\nThe SA CONSTITUTION, chapter 2, Bill of rights, section 12, 14, 21, 25;\r\nthe Criminal Procedures Act 5l of 1977, section 19 through to 50; \r\nthe SAPS Act 68 of 1995 section 13. simply to get their statisics up by hitting soft targets!

  • John - 2012-07-22 22:56

    What the hell are these ROADBLOCKS and STOP and SEARCH anything but violations by these thugs of:\r\nThe SA CONSTITUTION, chapter 2, Bill of rights, section 12, 14, 21, 25;\r\nthe Criminal Procedures Act 5l of 1977, section 19 through to 50; \r\nthe SAPS Act 68 of 1995 section 13. simply to get their statisics up by hitting soft targets!

  • John - 2012-07-22 22:56

    What the hell are these ROADBLOCKS and STOP and SEARCH anything but violations by these thugs of:\r\nThe SA CONSTITUTION, chapter 2, Bill of rights, section 12, 14, 21, 25;\r\nthe Criminal Procedures Act 5l of 1977, section 19 through to 50; \r\nthe SAPS Act 68 of 1995 section 13. simply to get their statisics up by hitting soft targets!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-23 10:38

    Nice neighborhood.

  • Happyness - 2012-07-23 12:04

    Awesome news!

  • tshepiso2008 - 2012-07-23 14:31

    no comments

  • pages:
  • 1