Gauteng police: Operation 'staan en kyk' not part of mandate

Gauteng police: Operation 'staan en kyk' not part of mandate

Gauteng police have again vowed to crack down on criminals and lawlessness in the province.

Another petrol bomb in Isithebe
Anelisa Kubheka

Police were reacting to the discovery of eleven petrol bombs at a taxi rank in Blybank near Carltonville on Friday.

Gauteng police spokesperson Mathapelo Peters says the discovery was made shortly after three houses in the area were petrol bombed.

That brought the total number of houses targeted since November to 23.

"It is reported that on Friday, three houses were petrol bombed. Two of these in Thembelihle and one in Phomolong, for which cases of malicious damage to property are being investigated.

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Forty suspects have been arrested on various charges, including arson and possession of unlicensed fire arms.

"Those who continue to undermine the law, committing crime and then hiding behind strikes, will be arrested and will face the full might of the law,” says Peters, adding the police cannot be accused of standing idly by while people’s property is being destroyed.

"Yes, police may have many operations but operation 'staan en kyk' is certainly not one of them,” she says.



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