More than 165 arrested in Uitenhage weekend anti-crime operations

FEBRUARY 15, 2016

Police officers in the SAPS Uitenhage Cluster arrested more than 165 suspects during crime prevention operations that were conducted over the past weekend. The operations began on Friday and lasted until 06:00 on Monday morning.

"Fifty-nine traffic fines were issued valued at almost R30 000 during the period," described police spokesperson, Lieutenant Gerda Swart.

"Arrests made varied from assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, robbery, assault common and four arrests were made for driving under the influence of liquor. 

"Fifty-four fines were issued for other liquor related crimes."

He said that 27 suspects were arrested for the illegal possession of drugs.

All suspects are due to appear in the Magistrates Courts in and around Uitenhage on Monday. 

"Four suspects, between the ages of 18 and 32-years-old, will appear in the Addo Regional Court on Monday on a charge of dealing in mandrax," Lt Swart said.

"The four suspects were arrested on Friday during an intelligence driven operation with various SAPS role players involved. 

"Police members confiscated 171 mandrax tablets worth R10 275 and cash valued at R9 154.  The arrests were made at a residential address in Valencia in Addo at 05:30 on Friday."  

He said that th police in the Uitenhage Cluster will continue with their efforts to effectively address crime in their area.  

"Fighting crime is a shared responsibility.  The police, the community and the business sector need to work hand-in-hand to combat crime effectively in the Uitenhage precinct," Swart said.

"The South African Police Service appeal to the community to work with the SAPS in reducing crime by providing valuable information that will lead to the arrest of suspects and the recovery of stolen property."