PARKTOWN - The Premier of Gauteng, Mr David Makhura, the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Ms Faith Mazibuko and Gauteng Deputy Provincial Commissioner Major General Theko Pharasi today, 26 September 2019, led yet another successful Operation O Kae Molao in the Province. Over 550 suspects were arrested for crimes ranging from murder, attempted murder, rape, business robbery, dealing in drugs, possession of suspected stolen vehicles, assault, pointing of firearm, concealment of birth and illegal immigrants.
The multi-disciplinary operation started the previous day with the raiding of wanted suspects, especially those who have committed crime against women and children. Most of the suspects who thought they had evaded the law were hunted down and arrested in various parts of Gauteng.
The operation today focused on Langlaagte and Riverlea where illegal mining and dealing in drugs is rife. Police were able to arrest suspects who were found with more than 170 tablets that are suspected to be mandrax and crystal meth. Various equipment used for illegal mining was also seized. The suspects fled the scene, abandoning the equipment as the police were approaching.
Police then raided an Auto Spares in Mayfair, Johannesburg, where they discovered engines and other parts of cars that were reported stolen. The owner who was arrested was also found to have contravened the Second-Hand Goods Act.
Four cars were impounded during a roadblock in Langlaagte after they were found to have been tampered with, while traffic fines of more than R5000 were issued. Illegal liquor outlets were closed down and liquor confiscated during the raid.
Operation O Kae Molao will continue in Gauteng until the crime is brought to its lowest level. The arrested suspects will appear at various Magistrate's Courts across the Province in due course.
Source: South African Police Service