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Over 180 arrested in Uitenhage weekend anti-crime operations

Mar 14, 2017
Over 180 arrested in Uitenhage weekend anti-crime operations

Several crime prevention operations were conducted over the past weekend in Uitenhage and resulted in the arrest of a total of 181 suspects for various crime. 

"These arrests included murder, armed robbery, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, rape, theft, theft out of motor vehicle, housebreaking and theft and the possession of suspected stolen goods," described police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart. 

"Four persons were arrested for driving under the influence of liquor over the past weekend."

She said that a total of 22 traffic fines were issued, valued at more than R11 000. 

"The suspects were also arrested on charges relating to malicious damage to property, contravention of a protection order and 28 suspects were detained for the illegal possession of drugs. 

"During an integrated roadblock that was conducted on Friday, a total of 127 vehicles were stopped and searched and six traffic fines valued at R2 500 were issued," said Captain Swart.

"On Sunday, members from Uitenhage Visible police confiscated 131 bundles of Khat and two suspects were arrested for the illegal possession of Khat.  The confiscated Khat was estimated to be worth R4 500."

The two men, aged 35 and 40, were arrested and appeared in the Uitenhage Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of illegal possession of Khat.   

"Police in the Uitenhage Cluster will continue to combat crime effectively in the Uitenhage Cluster. 

"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, the tracing of illegal firearms and the recovery of stolen property," said Captain Swart. 

"Let us share information and support each other in the fight against crime. Send your anonymous tip-offs to Crime Stop by dialing 08600 10111 or SMS detailed information to Crime Line at 32211."