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Over 100 arrested during Uitenhage anti-crime weekend operations

Nov 14, 2017
Over 100 arrested during Uitenhage anti-crime weekend operations

Police in the Uitenhage Cluster continued with their anti-crime operations over the past weekend, which resulted in the arrest of 109 people for crimes ranging from attempted murder, housebreaking, theft, drug and liquor related crimes and driving under the influence of alcohol. 

“The results of the Festive Season Operations conducted over these few days prove that the SAPS and our partners in this Cluster are committed towards combatting crime.  These festive season operations will continue to make sure that all the criminals who terrorise our community are brought to book,” said the Acting Uitenhage Cluster Commander, Brigadier Ronald Koll.

According to the police, during the festive period there is an increased movement of large sums of money, like individuals receiving their bonuses and stokvel associations withdrawing large savings that will be paid out. 

"Such financial transactions, unfortunately, also provide opportunities for intended criminals to commit crimes such as theft or robbery," described police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart.

"The SAPS therefor appeal to the public to work with the law enforcement agencies and put safety measures in place to prevent these crimes. 

"Stokvel associations are requested to make contact with their local police station to arrange for assistance during this period."

She said that the South African Police Service is also encouraging the community to work with the SAPS in reducing crime and they appeal to the community to provide valuable information that will lead to the confiscation of illegal firearms and the arrest of suspects. 

"Contact Crime Stop 08600 10111 or Crime Line SMS 32211 with information."