Twenty-six people were arrested during a police operation in Tshwane over the weekend.
Operation O kae Molao nabbed several suspects for illegal activities such as dealing in drugs, hijacking buildings, driving unroadworthy vehicles, for being in the country illegally and operating illegal liquor outlets.
The operation, which started on Friday, focused on Pretoria West, Atteridgeville and Pretoria Central, according to Gauteng community safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane.
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A roadblock in Quagga Road, Pretoria West resulted in 407 people and 315 motor vehicles being searched.
“Traffic fines were issued to the value of R14 500 while 17 minibus taxis were impounded with the assistance of Gauteng traffic police.”
“Fines of R2 500 each were imposed on impounded taxis. The total number (sic) for such fines came to R42 500.
“Six premises, which sell second-hand goods, were raided. Fines to the value of R6 000 were issued.
The Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (Icasa) seized electronic equipment to the value of R15 000 for non-compliance.
SARS seized 2 310 packets of illegal cigarettes to the value of R116 200.
Nkosi-Malobane said nine people were arrested for illegal possession of drugs and two for dealing in drugs.
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Seven undocumented foreign nationals were arrested when a hijacked building was raided. Three liquor outlets were closed for bylaw non-compliance.
The SAPS, Tshwane metro police, Gauteng traffic police, department of home affairs, SARS, Icasa and other authorities partook in the operation.
Nkosi-Malobane said the Sunnyside leg of the operation, from 20:00 on Friday till 04:00 on Saturday, was aimed at addressing residents’ concerns about mushrooming liquor outlets, drunken driving, contact- and property-related crimes and bylaw enforcement.
“The roadblock resulted in 818 people being searched and 85 motor vehicles searched.”
Six drivers were arrested for drunken driving. Fines were issued to the value of R6 750.
Fifteen liquor outlets were searched.
“One premise (sic) – popularly known as ‘White House’ – was also searched.”
Six people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
“Eleven wanted suspects were arrested during the raid by a team of detectives,” said Nkosi-Malobane.
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“The province has been hit hard by crime. The integrated law enforcement operations augur well in our quest to deal decisively with drugs, second-hand goods trading, illegal liquor outlets, hijacked buildings, unroadworthy vehicles as well as drinking and driving.”
Nkosi-Malobane said second-hand goods trading, hijacked buildings, illegal liquor outlets and unroadworthy vehicles and drunken driving are a major concern and have reached “unprecedented levels”.
“It is important to regulate the business of dealers in second-hand goods to combat the trade in stolen goods.”
“The impounding of unroadworthy vehicles is also a welcome relief as most fatal crashes are as a result of these vehicles operating on our roads.”
She said alcohol and substance abuse are also major contributors to road crashes.
“It is important to deal harshly with drivers who continue to drink and drive if we are to improve road safety,” she said.
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