Busy weekend

A total of 1680 suspects nabbed this weekend. Photo: SAPS/ Facebook.

Busy weekend for cops in Gauteng

In what has been viewed as a busy weekend for cops in Gauteng, the police arrested a total of 1680 suspects for various crimes

Busy weekend

A total of 1680 suspects nabbed this weekend. Photo: SAPS/ Facebook.

It has been a busy weekend for cops in Gauteng following a massive sweep of offenders in the province.


In a statement, a total of 1680 people, who committed various crimes, were arrested in Gauteng this past weekend. Among those, are criminals who are responsible for serious and violent crimes that include murder, armed robbery, car hijacking and rape.

Gauteng Provincial spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo unpacked the successes of the busy weekend.

He said: “Two armed suspects were arrested and found with the loot in West Rand District a few minutes after they robbed a chain store in Krugersdorp on Saturday, 17 September 2022. It is reported that armed suspects stormed into U-Save Supermarket in Munsieville, Krugersdorp, and robbed the shop of an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes”.

He added that the matter was reported to the police officer who was in the vicinity.

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“The officer called for backup and members of Police Highway Patrol and Mogale City joined in a high-speed chase and shootout with the suspects.”

Three suspects nabbed following a shootout. Photo: SAPS/ Facebook.

Two suspects were arrested and two firearms were recovered. Masondo said police are searching for one suspect who escaped from the scene.


“The same day, a shootout between the police and armed suspects, who were reported to be en route to commit a business robbery, resulted in one of the suspects being fatally shot, four arrested and two unlicensed firearms recovered,” he detailed.

“Members from SAPS Crime Intelligence received information about suspects that were about to commit a business robbery in Johannesburg. Backup was called from members of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department. At approximately 22h00, police noticed a white Toyota Quantum that matched the description circulated, driving in Kensington, Johannesburg. As the police were approaching, the suspects started shooting and a shootout ensued. One suspect was fatally shot, one suspect sustained injuries while three other suspects were arrested without injuries,” he further detailed.

Mavela added that two unlicensed firearms and more than 15 rounds of ammunition were recovered.

“The Toyota Quantum that was fitted with false registration plates was impounded as it was used in the commission of a crime.”


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Other suspects were arrested in Tshwane, Sedibeng, Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg and West Rand Districts during High Density and Operation O Kae Molao Operations for offences ranging from murder, attempted murder, car hijacking, assault common (where in some instances it includes domestic violence), assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, possession of stolen goods, undocumented persons, driving while under the influence of alcohol and fraud.

Mavela concluded to say that the suspects will appear before various Magistrate’s Courts from Monday, 19 September, onwards.