The participation of SAPS members in the Joe Gqabi District in the interprovincial cross border high density operations yielded significant successes over the three-day period from 20 to 22 February 2024.

The operations were held simultaneously in the Eastern, Western, Northern and Free State provinces.

Police from the various specialized units and other stakeholders within the district formed part of the operations. Intensive patrols with high visibility could be seen in the hotspot areas. The focus areas included the checking for stolen vehicles, vehicles conveying stock, possession of drugs and unlicensed firearms, the roadworthiness of vehicles and drunken driving.

Daily roadblocks and vehicle check points were held in Venterstad on the R58, Steynsburg R56 Sterkspruit at R726 and R393 to Thaba Lesoba and Aliwal North at the Hertzog Bridge N6.Secondhand goods and spaza shops as well as liquor outlets were visited for compliance inspections.

The tracing teams arrested 9 wanted suspects for Assault, housebreaking and theft and possession of stolen property.

The followings successes were achieved during the operations:

4 Notices were issued to businesses for the removal and safe disposal of seized food products, glue, condoms, energy drinks, tablets and cigarettes. A total of 30 373 products to the value of R 10 612-00 were confiscated.

620 vehicles as well as those transporting stock were searched

80 traffic fines issued to the value of R77 000-00

23 Undocumented persons were identified and arrested.

The Acting District Commissioner, Brig Asogran Naidoo extended his gratitude to all those units, members and external role-players for their outstanding dedication and commitment during the operation. “The professionalism, teamwork, and tireless efforts were instrumental in ensuring the success of the operations,” added Brig Naidoo.