2006-09-04 : Crime combating operation nets hundreds

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2006-09-04 : Crime combating operation nets hundreds

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2006-09-08 06:49

This was originally posted in the Daily News, Page 3 , 4th Sept.


Crime combating operation nets hundreds

September 04 2006 at 03:42PM

By Ayanda Mhlongo and Miranda Andrew

Hundreds of people have been arrested for serious crimes since the implementation of a crime combating campaign in KwaZulu-Natal.

Police have conducted various operations, including roadblocks and stop and searches, in areas which have been identified as having crime hotspots. This has included a campaign to rid the railways of crime.

The blitz comes as cash-in-transit heists and armed robberies have increased.

Police spokesperson Inspector Michael Read said crime prevention operations would be intensified in a number of areas around the province.

Areas that have been identified include Chatsworth, Wentworth, Umlazi, Phoenix, KwaMashu, Inanda, CBD, Warwick Triangle and Pinetown.

At the weekend, an armed gang robbed Jwayelani Butchery in Victoria Street, Durban.

Read said the gang held up the store manager and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Just last week, three shops were robbed in the same area.

In Inanda, the bodies of three men where found lying near a taxi rank. They all had gunshot wounds.

The month-long railway operation concentrating on trains and railway lines resulted in more than 600 arrests in the province and more than 6 000 nationally.

Police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo said a number of people around stations were arrested for crimes such as rape, armed robbery, drug related offences, fraud, possession of illegal firearms and drinking in public.

The aim of the joint effort - carried out by the SAPS, Metro Rail, Shosholoza Meyl and Spoornet - was to create a safer environment for passengers and railway employees.

Naidoo said this initiative was part of the SAPS's six-month crime combating plan.

"We will re-implement this operation again soon with visible policing," Naidoo said.

"These interventions are implemented strategically to enhance the capacity of policing within the rail environment and to execute vigorous disruptive operations against crime and criminals," he said.

National Minister for Safety and Security Charles Nqakula will be in Durban this week to lend support to the campaign.
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Postby Leitmotif » Fri, 2006-09-08 10:22

Only one problem, they're mostly arresting people for 'illegally modified vehicles'... ie. your common or garden street racer. Some blitz.
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