Since the early hours of Thursday morning (11 July 2019) the NatJOINTS operations in the areas of Philipi, Steenberg and Delft have yielded significant success.
During the NatJOINTS multi-disciplinary integrated high density operations, 143 suspects have been arrested for crimes including murder, attempted murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH) aggravated robberies, unlawful possession of firearms, ammunition and possession of drugs among others.
Members of the operations also recovered drugs (including tik, mandrax and cannabis), arms and ammunition and hi-jacked vehicles.
These operations are considered to be a resounding success and operations will continue for at least another three months until the affected communities are normalized.
Drugs and alcohol remains the highest generators of serious crimes in these areas as they are in many parts of South Africa. Therefore, we are urging members of these affected communities to work closely with the joint security forces and support them with information on any criminal activities, be it the proliferation of drugs, firearms, ammunition and planned attacks.
Criminals, particularly gangsters and gang leaders are warned that their days are numbered. The security forces will continue to work tirelessly to enforce the law and to ensure that communities are and feel safe
People with information can contact the SAPS Crime Stop number 08600 10111. Information channelled via this line is guaranteed to be treaded with strictest confidence and callers are able to remain anonymous.