Over 300 arrested in Soweto

Johannesburg - Over 300 people were arrested in Soweto over the weekend with various shebeens closed down, Gauteng police said on Sunday.

"During the weekend operation, we managed to arrest at least 302 suspects for various crimes," spokesperson Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said.

At least 44 people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, 36 arrested for possession of drugs, three for armed robbery and possession of unlicensed firearms.

"We closed down 14 shebeens that were operating illegally and arrested four suspects for possession of stolen motor vehicles. Others were arrested for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, theft and shoplifting," said Makhubela.

Among those arrested was a 49-year-old man arrested for the murder of his wife. The man allegedly throttled his wife to death. He then called an ambulance thinking she had fainted.

"The woman was taken to hospital where she was declared dead and doctors alerted police. He was arrested on the spot," Makhubela added.

The 302 people were expected to appear in various courts around Gauteng during the week.


In North West, at least 80 people were arrested over the weekend in Rustenburg for various crimes, North West police said on Sunday.

The arrests formed part of "Operation Platinum Belt" in Rustenburg and surrounding crime hotspots.

Police said the operation was aimed at stabilising and ensuring the safety of residents in the areas affected by the five-month long platinum industrial action.

Mokgwabone said the operation was launched to tackle the scourge of crime which police felt "was getting out of hand" even after a settlement was reached in the mining sector.

"We made plans to carry on with the operation even after the strike agreement as crime was out of hand," he said.

Arrests include 51 people for drug-related crimes, 16 for contravention of National Road Traffic Act, eight for possession of stolen property, and five for driving under the influence of liquor.

One man was arrested over the weekend when he was found in possession of packets containing R1 500 worth of the drug "Cat."

He allegedly refused to allow officers to search his vehicle.

He was expected to appear in the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court soon on a charge of possession of drugs.

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Langa Kapueja 2014-08-10 06:43:28 PM
My fellow Nigroes, let's go back to the drawing board and try work out a better way forward or atleast make sense of the current situation... Really??? 300+ in jail just this weekend. Surely this can't all be caused by a lack of service delivery or jobs. You can't possibly tell me that a man strangled his wife because he was so so so HUNGRY :-Q . This is humiliating and I for one no longer wish to ridiculed by white people because of this careless and barbaric behaviour exhibitted by blerrie blood thirsty renegades... #No_More_Crime_in_My_Name!!! Sheeed Maan!!!
Lynton Lewis 2014-08-10 07:20:31 PM
Well done to all those involved, hopefully those arrested for DUI learn a lesson and never drive under the influence ever again.
Moses 2014-08-10 08:13:37 PM
By involving the community and working together more than that arrest can be done
linda.khuzwayo.5 2014-08-10 09:06:08 PM
Why cant the police find out where the drugs come from? Ppl in the hood dont have equipments to make drugs yet they are the ones who are being arrested! Why cant they find the roots cause of this drugs world!...why cant the police stop drugs from entering the hood!
Happy Makena 2014-08-11 01:57:43 AM
my question is to the police if they go and close down tarvens why cany they close down all of this somalians tuck shops cause they are also trading illigally.
Sisie Indola 2014-08-11 07:42:59 AM
Oh yes - brag - and today they are back on the street and opening new businesses. Wonderful - the might of the law - these are the ones that don't pay bribes to the cops.
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-11 08:19:49 AM
Aah, shebeens were closed. They were not disclosing revenue, which our president could be using for Nkandla expansion.