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Operation Shanela: Over a Thousand Arrests in North West Province

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Operation Shanela

Operation Shanela

The South African Police Service’s Operation Shanela successfully apprehended a staggering 1 154 suspects for a variety of crimes in the North West province. The operation took place over the week beginning Monday, 26 February, and concluded on Sunday, 3 March 2024.

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Amongst those detained, the police reported that 58 were linked to drug-related offences, 31 to illegal liquor dealings, and 17 were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. A total of eight individuals were caught for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, with 37 burglaries being foiled. Furthermore, property crimes led to 53 arrests for malicious damage to property, while immigration enforcement saw 67 suspected undocumented persons being handed to the Department of Home Affairs for processing.

In one of the spotlighted arrests, the joint efforts of the Vryburg K9 unit and the Mahikeng Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit (VCIU) led them to Moffat Street on Tuesday, 26 February, where they intercepted a Toyota Etios Sedan. Upon inspection, the vehicle which had been reported stolen in April 2023, was being operated by Makatise Joseph Khuabo, 42. Khuabo was charged and appeared before the Vryburg Magistrates’ Court this past Thursday and will be appearing again today for a formal bail application following his remanding in custody.

Another critical breakthrough occurred last Thursday when Taung police, acting on intelligence, raided a premises and arrested 32-year-old Lesedi Nthutang in possession of an illegal firearm. Nthutang was later released on R500 bail after appearing before Taung Magistrates’ Court and is expected to reappear this coming Friday.

The operation didn’t shy away from violent crimes with 10 arrests for murder, 193 for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH), 111 for common assault, and 9 for rape. Moreover, the operation focused on rounding up 293 suspects on the wanted list for various charges, all of whom are slated to make their court appearances within the week.

Lt Gen Sello Kwena, the Provincial Commissioner of North West, expressed his satisfaction with the results of the operation. He praised the joint forces and stakeholders involved and emphasized the importance of their synergy stating, “The commendable results of Operation Shanela are a testament to the tireless efforts and seamless collaboration between the police and role players. This operation will send a clear message that crime will not be tolerated in our province.”

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