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Operation Shanela: Successful Crackdown on Crime in the Northern Cape

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Operation Shanela

Operational Shanela

The South African Police Service’s (SAPS) recent operation, named Operation Shanela, has yielded impressive results in combating crime in the Northern Cape province.

Over the course of the weekend, law enforcement officials arrested a total of 261 suspects, including 124 individuals wanted for various crimes.

The operation involved a broad range of disruptive actions carried out in hotspot areas throughout the Northern Cape. These actions included vehicle checkpoints, stop and searches, blue light and foot patrols, compliance inspections, and the tracking down of wanted suspects by detectives.

Through these proactive measures, law enforcement officials were able to apprehend suspects engaging in a variety of criminal activities.

One notable accomplishment was the arrest of two males, aged 28 and 36, for possession of stolen property valued at R43,000. The apprehension came after the Kimberley Crime Prevention Unit received a tip about a local tuckshop selling branded goods in bulk, which were later identified as belongings of a nearby supermarket.

Another success story involved the recovery of a stolen vehicle in Delportshoop. Police officers apprehended a 62-year-old male after being alerted by a tracking company about a stationary stolen vehicle in the Ulco mine area. The vehicle was promptly confiscated, and the suspect was arrested for theft of a motor vehicle.

Furthermore, two male suspects, aged 37 and 40, were arrested under the Northern Cape Nature Conservation Act for alleged illegal possession of endangered plants. Police officers stopped and searched a white Isuzu Double Cab bakkie, uncovering ten 50kg bags containing 4485 Conophytum Bilobum plants.

This operation not only led to the arrest of the suspects but also resulted in the seizure of the vehicle allegedly used in the commission of the crime.

The success of Operation Shanela extended beyond the apprehension of suspects. During the operation, law enforcement officials also confiscated a range of items, including alcoholic beverages, dangerous weapons, and various drugs such as crystal meth, dagga, mandrax, and tik. Additionally, compliance inspections were conducted at a total of 56 establishments, including second-hand dealers, liquor outlets, premises, farms, and mines.

Numerous roadblocks and vehicle checkpoints were set up across the province, resulting in the search of 1631 vehicles and 4637 individuals. Routine visits were also made to locations such as ATM’s, business premises, National Key Points, Post Offices, and tuckshops to ensure ongoing surveillance.

Lieutenant General Koliswa Otola, the Provincial Commissioner of the Northern Cape, commended all SAPS personnel and law enforcement agencies involved in Operation Shanela. She expressed her gratitude towards community structures for their invaluable role in the fight against crime.

 


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