WEST RAND – The joint crime prevention operation Basadi in conjunction with Okae Molao during women’s month under the theme, Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future was conducted across the West Rand District as members turned the precincts of Muldersdrift and Krugersdorp blue to make an immense impact on crime.
The operation consisted of Law Enforcement Agencies from the South African Police Service, South African National Defence Force, Gauteng and Mogale City Traffic, Department of Community Safety and Home Affairs.
The aim was to concentrate mainly on the crime infested areas through roadblocks, stop and searches, compliance inspections of Rural Safety, Liquor outlets and Shops as well as compliance for Disaster Management Act 2002 with all responsibilities handed over by the District Commissioner, Major General PF Kekana to Senior Female Officers to lead the operation, focus was on Hijackings, Disaster Management Act, Business and House robberies, Burglaries and Theft of motor vehicles and Rapes and Gender Based Violence.
During the operation, a total of 184 suspects were arrested for various offences such as Attempted murder, Dagga cultivation and Possession of manufactured Dagga products, Assaults under domestic violence, Drunken driving, fraud, Pointing of firearm, Possession of suspected stolen property, Possession of unlicensed firearm Rape, Sexual Assault, Theft, Assault with intention to cause grievous body harm, Armed Robberies, undocumented persons, Illegal possession of live ammunition and Disaster Management Act (possession of liquor). A total of 93 Traffic fines were issued amounted to R82 950 and Fines issued for dealing in counterfeit goods, selling expired items, failure to keep record of dispatched items amounted to R 93 450 with a number of goods confiscated.
An intelligence driven investigation also saw three (3) suspects behind bars after a Hydroponic Lab with about 60 Dagga plants found cultivated at place in Muldersdrift. The members also found manufactured Dagga products and dried Dagga plants valued at about R6 000 000.
All arrested suspects are expected to appear before their respective Magistrate’s Court around the district.
The Carletonville Visible Policing Commander, Colonel Dora Morebudi, thanked all Female Law Enforcement officers and their counterparts for the efforts and dedication by preventing and combating anything that may threaten the safety and security of any community and by ensuring that offenders face the might of the law. “We will continue to stamp our authority as the state to ensure that law and order is maintained” she concluded.
Source: South African Police Service