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SAPS Pretoria reclaim city streets with anti-crime operation

Police are fighting against the open trade of drugs in the CBD.

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The police in Pretoria central have intensified an ongoing anti-crime blitz aimed at reclaiming the capital city’s streets, which are riddled with open drug trade, spokesperson captain Augustinah Selepe said on Wednesday, 16 October 2019.

Results of SAPS PTA operation

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More than 40 people have been arrested in Pretoria CBD this month in relation to drugs. Photo: SAPS

Selepe revealed:

“In the past three days, SAPS Pretoria Central’s crime prevention members arrested more than 12 suspects, aged between 23 and 35 years. Among those arrests, five are for dealing in drugs.”

Captain Augustinah Selepe

She added:
“This morning [Wednesday] at about 06:30, at Home Affairs [along] Eskia Mphahlele Street, while monitoring hotspots within the CBD, our crime prevention team spotted three males who were in the process of robbing an Ethiopian. Police swiftly responded, confronted the suspects and arrested one who was in possession of a knife, while the others ran away.”

Captain Augustinah Selepe

Selepe said the arrested man, aged 37, “has no valid documents” to be in South Africa. On Monday, 14 October 2019, five suspects were arrested for dealing and possession of drugs. 

Five men found with drugs

The spokesperson said:

“At Drakensberg Flats, at the corner of Nana Sita and Paul Kruger Streets, Captain Mbewe and the crime prevention team spotted two suspicious males. They chased the two men who had then started to run. The two, aged 29 and 33, were found with drugs.”

Captain Augustinah Selepe

She added:

“In an unrelated incident, while police were conducting a stop and search in Thabo Sehume Street, they arrested three more suspects for dealing in drugs. Samuel Mbise (31) Chati Muhanga (36) and Muhame Hamsa (23) appeared before the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for dealing in drugs.”

Captain Augustinah Selepe

SAPS nab drug dealers in PTA CBD

In another incident, patrolling officers noticed “nyaope guys” in the entrance of one of the flats in the Pretoria CBD. The officers went in and confiscated drugs. Three suspects were detained for dealing in narcotics.

SAPS Pretoria Central station commander Brigadier Moses Dladla vowed that the fight against the drug scourge in the CBD would continue. This month alone, more than 40 people had been arrested for dealing in or possession of drugs.

By African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Desiree Erasmus 

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