It took only two days for Gauteng police to arrest more than 1,500 suspects on various charges ranging from drunk driving to attempted murder.
On Sunday, officers managed to catch hijackers who previously stole an Opel minibus in Klerksdorp, North West, and killed its passengers during the crime. It is alleged that the case has more perpetrators involved so the police are still on the manhunt.
Another squad made arrests in Lyttelton, Pretoria, handcuffing two suspected car thieves before they stroke back. The men were driving in a stolen Toyota Etios Cross along the streets, while also carrying a car-jamming device, which was later seized.
More than 300 suspects were arrested in Tshwane and the West Rand for crimes including possession of unlicensed firearms, dealing in drugs, assault, malicious damage to property and housebreaking. 420 suspects with several alleged rapists did not make it to their homes and instead was left in Johannesburg’s and Soweto’s cells.
“Gauteng police continue to squeeze the space for the criminals and that is achieved as more community members are coming forward with information of crime that is committed under their watch,” police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said.