Mountain Rise police arrest 29 during weekend operation, KwaZulu-Natal

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A total of 29 people were arrested during a crime prevention operation conducted by Mountain Rise police over the weekend.

According to the station commander, Brigadier Boxer Pillay, the operation was meant to address and curb various crimes from taking place in and around the policing area.

He said the operation began on Friday last week and carried on until Sunday evening.

Pillay said that various hot spot areas that were contributing to serious crimes were targeted in the policing area.

The arrests were made for different offences.

This includes possession of drugs, breach of peace, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, dealing in liquor, possession of drugs, possession of dangerous weapons, assault common, robbery, malicious injury to property, drunken driving, rape, going against the Tobacco Act and theft.

He said during the first phase of the crime prevention operation, police focused on stop and search operations.

“The second phase of the crime prevention operation focused on roadblocks at strategic points in our policing area. Emphasis was also placed on those who fail to obey the curfew times, as well as the failure to comply with the Disaster Management Act,” said Pillay.

He said these types of operations positively result in the reduction of serious crimes in the hot spot areas.

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