Operation Shanela, the multi-disciplinary high-density operation remains intentional in stabilizing crime. This was evident in the operational successes achieved during intensified operations across the Northern Cape province for the period Thursday, 07 September 2023 till Sunday, 10 September 2023 with a sharp focus on the reduction of contact and violent crimes in hotspots which netted a multitude of successes.

Actions and police activities executed during the operations included vehicle checkpoints (VCP’s), stop and searches, foot and vehicle patrols, compliance inspections, drugs and other commodities smuggling and tracing operations by detectives.

Twenty Eight (28) VCP’s and Seven (07) roadblocks were held across the province during which 2855 vehicles and 4141 persons were stopped and searched.

374 compliance inspections were conducted at second-hand dealers, firearm dealers, liquor premises, formal and informal businesses as well as mines. 78 suspects were arrested for crimes ranging from murder, attempted murder, robbery, assault, burglary, theft out of motor vehicle dealing and possession of drugs, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and illegal possession of firearms.