Police searched trucks coming in and out of the country during the operation. PHOTO: SAPS

Two MOST WANTED among 65 arrested during N. Cape police operation

Police managed to trace 16 local wanted suspects but two of the most wanted on the national list were also nabbed.


Police searched trucks coming in and out of the country during the operation. PHOTO: SAPS

Two of the country’s most wanted suspects are among 65 alleged criminals who were nabbed during a police operation in the Northern Cape.

The multidisciplinary operation, dubbed Operation Gijima, targeted borders, theft of motor vehicles and drug trafficking among other crimes in the province. The operation took place between Wednesday and Friday.

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The focus areas of the operation were to target theft of motor vehicles, illicit drug trafficking, and illicit trafficking of firearms and ammunition.

Human trafficking, smuggling of minerals, theft of copper cables, wildlife-related crimes as well as crimes committed during the operation were also of priority, said police spokesperson Colonel Mashay Gamieldien.

But the tracing operations of wanted suspects were conducted in two districts. This led to the arrest of two of the most wanted suspects on the national wanted list.

“16 wanted suspects on the daily wanted list were arrested for various crimes including rape, domestic violence, assault GBH, housebreaking, theft and other crimes.”

Colonel Mashay Gamieldien

10 others were arrested for possession and dealing in drugs. Drugs valued at R510 000 were confiscated in various locations in Port Nolloth, Steinkopf, Garies, Rosedale, Paballelo, Keimos and Kakamas.

19 others were arrested for other crimes.

“A total of 65 arrests were effected during the period.”


Numerous vehicle checkpoints were conducted on national and secondary roads. Vehicles were stopped and persons were searched, including trucks cross the border at the two ports of entry.

The focus areas of the operation also included the Vioolsdrift Port of Entry which borders Namibia on the N7, 120km from Springbok. The Nakop Port of Entry on the N10, 130km from Upington was also targeted.

The SAPS fixed wing Porter aircraft also conducted air patrols covering the coastal areas and the borderline.

“18 undocumented Lesotho nationals were apprehended and arrested on a farm in the Augrabies farming area. 448 litres of alcohol to the value of R11 485 was seized during raids at liquor outlets in Upington in conjunction with the Northern Cape Liquor Board.”