More than 400 suspects over the weekend during Operation Okae Molao in Tshwane

GAUTENG - The Premier of Gauteng Mr David Makhura, the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Ms Faith Mazibuko and Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela took to the streets of the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg on the early hours of Thursday morning to sensitize, combat and trace suspects committing crimes against women and children. Roadblocks were held and taxi ranks were visited where there was an interaction with the commuters and operators about taking part in the fight against crime. In the meantime, during Operation Okae Molao in Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, police raided suspects wanted for crimes against women and children and raided illegal shebeens resulting in the arrest of more than 400 suspects and the closure of 10 liquor outlets.

Among the arrested suspects, 17 were found in possession of unlicensed firearms. Fines valued at more than R55 000 were issued for road traffic contraventions and counterfeit goods valued at R154 000 were confiscated.

During the month of August, Gauteng major O Kae Molao operations will be led by women from various law enforcement agencies and will focus on identifying and uprooting cases of Gender-Based Violence and ensuring that the abusers of children are brought to book. Crimes against women and children remain a priority for the police and communities are urged to break the silence and expose those who continue to perpetrate these crimes.

The arrested suspects will appear at different Magistrate's Courts within the province on Monday, 5 August 2019.

Source: South African Police Service