67 000 arrested over festive season

2013-01-15 14:25

Pretoria - A total of 67 000 people were arrested in the country's nine provinces during the festive season, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Tuesday.

The crimes committed included murder, robberies, rape, kidnapping, burglary, fraud and shoplifting, he told reporters in Pretoria.

The number included police officers arrested.

"When we arrest people suspected of crime we take all of them in the same light - that includes police officers."

Festive season safety campaign

Mthethwa, deputy police minister Makhotso Sotyu and National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega were briefing the media on their festive season safety campaign.

The campaign started on 15 October and would officially end on 31 January.

The minister said 704 people were arrested for public violence and called on people to exercise their right to protest within the confines of the law.

"We respect the right of citizens to protest as that is a constitutionally enshrined right, and we have no intention to tamper with these rights," Mthethwa said.

"We, however, firmly oppose any violent destruction of property, intimidation and murder of innocent people, whilst all these criminal acts are being disguised and justified as public protests."

About 51 191 fines were issued during this period for various offences from traffic violations to illegally operating liquor outlets, he said.

"We remain very concerned about the lack of adherence to the rules of the road which... have resulted in fatalities and loss of lives," Mthethwa said.

Road deaths

"We arrested 2 751 suspects for driving under the influence, which is exceptionally high. To date we have confiscated 451 stolen vehicles nationally."

On Thursday, Transport Minister Ben Martins said estimates put the number of road deaths at 1 465 people during the festive season.

Police confiscated 721 illegal firearms and 7 638 rounds of ammunition, including nine commercial explosives.

Mthethwa said the use of drugs remained a problem.

"We confiscated six million grams of dagga, 2 832 grams of cocaine, 4 225 grams of nyaope and 2 551 grams of tik, to mention but a few."

About 1 477 901 people and 501 373 vehicles were searched, and 3 614 roadblocks conducted.

  • mpho.e.mogashui - 2013-01-15 14:40

    good news is'nt it and whats the projected conviction rate Mr Mthethwa???????

  • Tyrone Grobbelaar - 2013-01-15 14:45

    OMW! 2 or 3 months! Their christmas was the other 10 months of the year. Is it possible to arrest so many people every 2 months!? Say no to crime, say yes to legitimate work.

  • muhammed.bhyat.12 - 2013-01-15 14:55

    Scary figure!

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-01-15 16:06

      And more than half of these will find their way back onto the streets as the 'dockets go missing'!!!

  • mapitsi.mogale - 2013-01-15 14:55

    Illegal firearms provided to the communities by police officers

  • - 2013-01-15 15:12

    Yes. I can just imagine that there could have been that many. So - are we saying police drove around everywhere and just arrested people "at random," or are these the FINAL figures for cases that will "stick?" Remember - arrests (detainment) for "drunken in public" normally results in a release after some hours in a cell. Please ask SAPS to REMOVE the stats for those released later (with no charges), those where charges were withdrawn, those where charges are not adequate for prosecution (nolle prosequi) and those where simple fines are paid (police "arrest" people and register CAS cases for traffic offenses - even where fines are paid). Once all this is done - please tell us how many cases are proceeding and - every month, as the year progresses - how many GUILTY convictions there are. Finally, also indicate which were guilty pleas (lesser results) and how many resulted in JAIL sentences (served). THEN we will be in a position to see how "effective" this festive season REALLY was. I KNOW many will be withdrawn, charges dropped, guilty plea in small fines and STILL lingering after FIVE years. For ONCE - let's get this right, shall we? THEN we can start "bragging" with "how many arrests we made."Until then, we're just STAT-MONGERING and chest-pounding. "Many arrests" is HARDLY proof of an efficient police force - many CONVICTIONS would be!

  • Eterni80 - 2013-01-15 15:17

    SAY WHAT ???? these court cases will processed in 2225 -

      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2013-01-15 15:29

      You are very optimistic

      teboholawrence.semela - 2013-01-15 16:56

      you damn right. They jst want 2 look pretty in da public. Same ppl wil b arrestd again ths year

  • dianne.kohlerbarnard - 2013-01-15 15:36

    This is a massive drop in arrests from the previous festive season - why? No crime or no police?

  • vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2013-01-15 15:46

    6 000kg of weed!!! Where the f^%$## is it stored? I only need 2 grams

  • Filipe - 2013-01-15 15:58

    shouldn't the alcohol consumption/abuse figures be way higher?

  • fdalana - 2013-01-15 16:21

    are all this people going to have criminal records?

  • roiyen - 2013-01-15 16:40

    And all 67000 of them will be released on Zuma's next wedding date to make space for another bunch of criminals,(if not for themselves).

  • John - 2013-01-15 16:56

    Hey NATHI, how many of these searches were done without the consent of the victim in violation of section 14(c) of the constitution and in violation of sections 19 to 36 of criminal procedures ACT 51 of 1977? UNLAWFUL search is assault and and an offence under section 28 of the act. Try reading it if you are able!

  • ACvanNiekerk - 2013-01-15 20:52

    Yep, that's my good old South Africa. Viva viva

  • faannagel - 2013-01-16 07:52

    Excellent work,please keep it up and get rid of crime as best U can.

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