40 nabbed in hijacked buildings raid

2010-11-04 08:50

About 40 people were arrested during a raid on hijacked buildings in Berea, Johannesburg, SABC news reported today.

National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele told the SABC that the 40 people were on a wanted list for a number of crimes.

He said people hijacked buildings from owners and then rented out rooms.

“People share one room, and there are 10 in a room ...” Cele told SABC.

“The dirt, unhealthy conditions and criminal activities happening there is amazing.”

The raid marked the launch of the police festive season anti-crime campaign.

The launch was being attended by the minister and deputy minister of police, the provincial commissioner of Gauteng and other members of police top management.

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