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Police arrest more than 1000 suspects in KwaZulu-Natal

High police visibility will continue in the province following the deployment of additional officers to maintain peace and stability.


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Police in KwaZulu-Natal have arrested more than 1000 suspects over the past week as they continue to clampdown down on crime in the province.

KZN SAPS regional spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, said police had made the arrests while conducting multi-disciplinary operations across the province from 16 to 22 August 2021. She said high visibly police operations were still continuing in the province.

“Teams consisting of police officers and other law enforcement agencies have been deployed across the province and they have worked tirelessly to maintain peace and stability in the province,”Gwala said.

“During these operations, 1149 suspects were arrested for various crimes including murder, attempted murder, robberies, fraud, rape, possession of firearms, possession of drugs and possession of stolen property,” Gwala said.

Gwala said that the police had arrested 13 suspects for murder, 16 suspectsfor attempted murder, 47 suspects for robberies, 37 suspects for rape, 230 suspects for assault, 30 suspects for burglary, 44 suspects for malicious damage to property, 34 suspects for theft, 124 suspects for drug related offences and 40 suspects for being in possession of stolen property.

“Police also seized 36 firearms during these operations, which included rifles, pistols and revolvers as well as 676 rounds of ammunition,” Gwala said.

She said that police officers had also recovered 35 vehicles that were stolen or hijacked during the special operation 

“Police officers also seized large quantities of drugs, alcohol, counterfeit goods and other items,” Gwala said.

She said all of suspects had briefly appeared in various Magistrates Courts across the province. 

“High visibility operations are still ongoing in the province,” Gwala said. 

Meanwhile, police from the SAPS Utrecht Stock Theft Unit together with a private security company arrested a suspect when they acted on information about six stolen cattle that were being transported to Gauteng.

“The cattle were stolen in Newcastle and were to be sold at an auction sale in Vereeniging. Police proceeded to the N11 and the truck with cattle was spotted travelling on the same route. Two men were spotted in the truck with six stolen cattle and police officers intercepted the vehicle. One of the men managed to flee the scene but a 21-year-old suspect was placed under arrest. It was established that the cattle were stolen at two homesteads in Kingsley area,” Gwala said.

The suspect appeared in the Newcastle Magistrates Court on Monday to face a charge of being in possession of stolen stock. The suspect was remanded in custody until 30 August 2021.