Bheki Cele SAPS vehicles

Police Minister Bheki Cele. Image: Flickr

Bheki Cele urges vigilance as festive crime crackdown continues

Police Minister Bheki Cele addressed the nation, providing updates on the festive anti-crime operation and urging caution.

Bheki Cele SAPS vehicles

Police Minister Bheki Cele. Image: Flickr

Police Minister Bheki Cele addressed the nation, providing updates on the ongoing festive season anti-crime operations, which has led to 75 000 arrests.

Cele reiterated the commitment of law enforcement, implementing a strategic plan since October 15 to tackle crime based on regional patterns.

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The minister disclosed a comprehensive list of arrests, ranging from murder and attempted murder suspects to those involved in property crimes, illegal mining, and drug-related offenses.

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Cele expressed concern over motorists’ risky behavior, with thousands arrested for drunk driving and public drinking since October 15.

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Law enforcement’s strong stance against liquor-related crimes resulted in the arrest of 17 844 individuals for illegal liquor trading, and inspections at liquor outlets led to 6 410 fines for non-compliance.

The minister urged liquor traders to operate responsibly and emphasized the non-negotiable nature of compliance.

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Cele also highlighted successful operations, including efforts to address illegal mining, resulting in over 300 arrests and the recovery of high-caliber firearms.

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While acknowledging persistent crime challenges, Cele assured South Africans of heightened police visibility during the festive season.

He urged citizens to report suspicious activities and collaborate in the fight against crime.

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IILEGAL MMINING IN GAUTENG ADDRESSED

Minister Cele highlighted successful operations, including addressing illegal mining in Gauteng, resulting in the arrest of over 300 undocumented foreign nationals suspected of being illegal miners.

While acknowledging persistent crime levels, Cele emphasized the impact of intensified police interventions, reducing the space for criminals to operate.

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