More than 550 wanted suspects arrested during Operation O Kae Molao

PARKTOWN – The Provincial Commissioner of the police in Gauteng Lieutenant General Elias Mawela was joined by the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Ms Faith Mazibuko as he led yet another Operation O Kae Molao which resulted in the arrest of more than 550 suspects who have been on the run after committing serious and violent crimes that include murder, armed robbery, rape, fraud, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, housebreaking and theft. These suspects were arrested during the first phase of the operation, where the detectives were tracing wanted suspects.

The second phase of Operation O Kae Molao is where integrated law enforcement agencies conducted a roadblock to ensure that there were no illegal goods and substances transported by the road users and to search for stolen and hijacked vehicles. During the roadblock in Protea, Soweto, 12 people were arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol, three cars that were suspected to be stolen/hijacked/used in the commission of crime were seized and 18 undocumented foreign nationals were taken in to be processed by officials from the Department of Home Affairs. More than 270 other people were arrested for various crimes in Johannesburg District over the weekend.

Meanwhile, other districts also conducted weekend operations that resulted in the arrest of 490 people in Tshwane District, 426 in Ekurhuleni District, 168 in West Rand District and 87 in Sedibeng District.

Arrested suspects will appear at different Magistrates’ Court in due course.

Source: South African Police Service