Hundreds arrested during festive season

Police arrested hundreds of people in Cosmo City, Honeydew and Diepsloot for crimes committed during the festive season, police reported.

The vigilant efforts of police to combat crime were successful, Diepsloot police spokesperson Captain Tinyiko Mathebula told the Chronicle.

“Suspects were arrested for offences ranging from murder, rape, possession of unlicensed firearms, assault common under domestic violence, assault GBV annd others,” he said. 

During the festive season holiday, police maintained high visibility in malls and crime hotspots to ensure that the community could celebrate in a safe and secure environment. Police also frequented local liquor outlets to ensure maximum compliance to liquor legislation and the Disaster Management Act. During these operations police managed to recover unlicensed firearms. 

“Curbing the proliferation of illegal firearms in this community remains the station's primary objective, which will go a long way in tackling violent crimes,” Captain Mathebula said. 

The acting Diepsloot police station commander, Colonel Matome Mohale appreciated the collaboration and partnership of police with the community in the fight against crime. "Our communities are a key strategic stakeholder in crime fighting and without their participation, the police cannot win the ongoing fight against crime,” said Colonel Mohale.

Efforts to get a comment from Honeydew police station were fruitless.

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