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A 54-year-old police officer has handed himself over for the alleged murder of his wife. Image: Pixabay

KZN SAPS arrested almost 8k suspects from 1 to 30 June 2022

A total 1 055 people were arrested for assaults and 204 for rape between 1 June and 30 June, according to the SAPS in KZN.

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A 54-year-old police officer has handed himself over for the alleged murder of his wife. Image: Pixabay

The South African Police Services (SAPS) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) revealed a startling number of arrests made between 1 June and 30 June this year. According to the SAPS, they arrested 7 992 persons for various crimes.

Contact crimes arrests include murder and rape while drugs were also seized

For contact crimes, 2 407 arrests were made. To break this down, 210 were arrested for murder, 112 for attempted murder, 204 for rape and 1 055 people were arrested for assaults in KZN.

Speaking about drug-related issues, the SAPS revealed that they recovered drugs such as heroin, cocaine, mandrax powder and even cannabis. Between 1 and 30 June, 480 suspects were arrested for liquor-related offences.

Illegal firearms and ammunition were seized as criminal groups were taken off the streets

The SAPS confiscated 262 illegal firearms and a massive 3 221 rounds of ammunition in operations that were ongoing in the same time period. All firearms that were seized have been subjected to ballistic testing. This testing allows authorities to determine if the weapons were used in any crimes in South Africa.

In terms of criminal groups, the SAPS along with security companies managed to intercept many of these groups. Said groups were allegedly prowling the streets of KZN with the intention of committing crimes.

SAPS encourages locals to report criminal activities

The SAPS has urged citizens to provide information regarding criminal activities by contacting their local SAPS stations, crime stop on 08600 1011 or on the MYSAPS app.

The SAPS has encouraged citizens to report criminal activities. Photo: South African Police Service / Facebook

KZN SAPS recover almost 700kgs of stolen copper – three arrested

In related news, it was reported that two suspected illegal scrapyards in Newlands East, KwaZulu-Natal were raided by the Economic Infrastructure Task team.

A joint operation with Prasa, Transnet and Telkom resulted in the raid. The South African Police Service (SAPS) said the two yards were found within sight of one another.

A combined 682 kilograms of stolen copper was recovered from both yards. The SAPS said that two scales and 15 kilograms of aluminium cables and lids were also recovered from the yards. Read the full story here.