Authorities took actions after the communities of Alexandra, Yeoville, Soweto and Johannesburg Central were subjected to house break-ins, armed robberies, rape and assault.
Captain Mavela Masondo from the Commissioner’s Office in Gauteng said in a statement that the suspects taken into custody on Thursday and Friday will appear in court on Monday, 24 June.
The raids were led by MEC for Community Safety in Gauteng, Faith Mazibuko, the Provincial Commissioner and Lieutenant General Elias Mawela; who joined forces with various law enforcement agencies.
Authorities closed down illegal liquor outlets in Yeoville and Alexandra after investigations revealed the establishments contributed to the commission of offences such as robbery, rape and murder.
Police confiscated firearms and liquor and will continue to monitor the area. Fraudulent personal documents – including identity documents, passports, death certificates and bank cards – were found at a guest house in Yeoville.
Thirty-five wanted suspects were arrested in the Westrand on Friday at about 22:00 during an intelligence-driven operation.
The SAPS said in a statement:
“The suspects were arrested for crime ranging from murder, car hijacking, theft of a motor vehicle, house robberies and dealing in drugs.”
In addition, 109 suspects were arrested in Bekkersdal. More than 40 cellphones were confiscated during the raid. Two cars were impounded, two firearms recovered, and two illegal liquor outlets closed.
In Benoni, six illegal miners were arrested when 410kg copper cables were found their possession. The suspects will appear in Westonaria and Benoni Magistrate’s Courts on Monday 24 June.
As Operation O Kae Molao gains momentum, authorities arrested 138 suspects in Temba on Friday involved in violent crimes such as rape, robbery, hijackings and drug dealing.
Roadblocks were held in Hammanskraal, Temba and Makapane; while Stop and searches were conducted on roads in and around the area.