120 offenders arrested in joint operation in PMB

2014-06-23 00:00

POLICE, as well as traffic officers and Home Affairs officials in Pietermaritzburg arrested 120 people in a massive crackdown on crime in the capital on Saturday.

Those arrested included atleast 50 alleged illegal immigrants.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the operation, which was carried out by around 275 members, was personally led by KwaZulu Natal’s provincial commissioner, Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni.

They held roadblocks, raided liquor outlets and searched for illegal immigrants during the operation.

The joint operation incorporated members from the visible policing, detective unit, public order police, the family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit, mounted police, as well as the Road Traffic Inspectorate, municipal traffic police and the Department of Home Affairs.

Three police stations — Mountain Rise, Pietermaritzburg and Alexandra Road — took part in the massive operation.

Naicker said an estimated R20 000 worth of dagga was also recovered during the raids from houses, cars, on the streets and taverns in the city.

In all, 120 suspects were arrested or charged for a wide variety of crimes, including robberies, sexual offences, possession of suspected stolen property, housebreaking, assault, illegal dealing in liquor, possession of dagga, possession of unlicensed firearms, drunken driving, and fraud.

Of these were as many as 50 alleged illegal immigrants were charged after they were found not to have the neccessary documentation, and 23 people were arrested for traffic violations.

Naicker said Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela, who attended the police “parade” for briefing of members at Alexandra Road police station, applauded the SAPS for their initiative.

Lieutenant-General Ngobeni also addressed the community at the eMatsheni Beer Hall in the city and warned them that the police would return in three weeks’ time to conduct a similar operation.

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