Operation Shanela nets 1 154 suspects in North West

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

The South African Police Service’s Operation Shanela has nabbed 1 154 suspects for numerous crimes between Monday, 26 February and Sunday, 3 March 2024 in the North West province.

Of the total arrests made, 58 were drug related offences, 31 were for illegal dealing in liquor, 17 for driving under the influence of liquor, eight for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, 37 for burglaries, 53 for malicious damage to property, while 67 suspected undocumented persons were handed over to the Department of Home Affairs for further processing.

On Tuesday, 26 February, the Vryburg K9 and Mahikeng Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit (VCIU) stopped the driver of a Toyota Etios Sedan in Moffat Street.

The vehicle was inspected and it was found to have been stolen in April 2023 in Silverton. The driver, Makatise Joseph Khuabo (42), was immediately arrested and appeared before the Vryburg Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 29 February for being in possession of a presumed stolen vehicle.

He was remanded in custody until his next court appearance, which is today, for a formal bail application.

In another incident reported last Thursday, information received by Taung police was operationalised, leading them to a premises where a 32-year-old suspect was found in possession of an illegal firearm.

Lesedi Nthutang was arrested and appeared before the Taung Magistrates’ Court on Friday. He was granted R500 bail and his next court appearance before the same court will be on Friday.

Arrests were also made for serious and violent crimes including 10 for murder, 193 for assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH), 111 for assault common and nine for rape.

During the operation, 293 suspects were arrested, who were wanted for various charges. All suspects will make their respective court appearances in various courts this week.

Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lt Gen Sello Kwena, commended the police and all other role players for their continued collaborative efforts, saying it will send a clear message that crime will not be tolerated in the province. – SAnews.gov.za