Gauteng police are concerned about the crime that emanates from drugs, alcohol and other substance abuse. People are being murdered and robbed while they come from liquor outlets, mostly late at night or early hours of the morning.
To curb this kind of behavior, Gauteng police conducted operations that were focusing on illegal liquor outlets and drug dealers/abusers.
These intelligence-driven operations bared positive results as several people were put behind bars for dealing in drugs, selling liquor without license and carrying dangerous weapons.
Over and above the focus on drugs and other illegal substances, police also arrested more than 1400 people in Gauteng for various crimes.
In Tshwane police arrested about 980 suspects for crime ranging from assault, hijacking, malicious damage to property, fraud, business robbery and drinking while under the influence of alcohol.
More than 286 people were arrested in Johannesburg after they committed crime such as murder, possession of unlicensed firearms, robbery, rape, assault and fraud.
In Ekurhuleni, more than 170 suspects were put behind bars for committing various crime that include robbery, possession of house breaking implements, possession of suspected stolen property, malicious damage to property and drunk and driving offences.
The arrested suspects will appear at different Magistrate’s Courts in the province from tomorrow.
The police would like to thank the community that continue to join in the fight against crime. It is through this collaborative effort that the level of crime can be reduced.