Operation Shanela high-density operations were executed across the province during the past week to address priority crimes.

The multi-disciplinary teams across the province jointly apprehended 179 criminals, of which 121 are wanted suspects arrested by detectives who have been evading police. The suspects were wanted in connection with murder and assault GBH.

The suspects were arrested for the commission of serious crimes, including drug related offences, robbery and attempted murder.

Roadblocks, vehicle checkpoints, as well as high visibility patrols were executed, whereby 6, 195 persons and 3, 015 vehicles were stopped and searched.

Compliance inspections were conducted at second hand goods dealers, firearms dealers, informal businesses and liquor outlets. This resulted in the closure of 11 unlicensed liquor outlets.

High visibility patrols were conducted in rural areas where several farms and mines were visited.

Disruptive actions resulted in the confiscation of a significant amount of liquor, drugs, and dangerous weapons.

Several awareness campaigns were led in the province to address priority crimes.

Police in Pampierstad held a stakeholder meeting, that was attended by the Department of Health, National Prosecuting Authority, Immigration Officers, Community Police Forum and Youth Against Crime.

An Old Age Home in Galeshewe was visited whereby police engaged with residents regarding domestic violence and crimes against the elderly.

Awareness campaigns were held in Deben and Siyathemba with the focus on gender-based violence crimes and drug and alcohol abuse.

An integrated awareness campaign was conducted in Tsineng to address GBV related crimes, substance abuse, human trafficking and teenage pregnancy.

The Northern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Koliswa Otola expressed her gratitude towards all Commanders, members and relevant stakeholders who contributed towards the successes achieved as well the communities for their cooperation.

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