Police hail festive season anti-crime operations

Police hail festive season anti-crime operations

There has been a 2.3 percent decrease in the amount of murders over the festive season.

SAPS festive season 2016 briefing
Photo: SAPS

This is according to acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane - who briefed the media on the South African Police Service's (SAPS) Safer Festive Season #BackToBasics in Pretoria today.

Police arrested 712 people for murder and 419 for attempted murder.

Phahlane says they are encouraged by the progress made over this festive season.

"While it is true that people continue to be killed, it is our resolve to fight crime. We all agree that it's never going to be a policing issue on its own, we all must play a part. We are encourage by the progress we are making," says Phahlane.

Here are some of the SAPS's successes:

- 83 479 persons were arrested 

- The arrests were effected during 705 639 policing operations

- 1 060 firearms and 8 691 rounds of ammunition were seized

- 2 443 886 searches were conducted

- 669 vehicles were seized

- A large quantity and variety of drugs were seized, for example in the Western Cape on 18 November 2016, a drug dealer was arrested with 31 000 Mandrax tablets.

Phahlane says prosecuting those arrested now lies in the hands of the courts.

"When we come across people who have committed crimes - following thorough investigations - we will arrest them. As to how long they remain in custody, that is not solely dependent on our work. We will, as the SAPS, oppose bail and we allow the criminal system to process the cases accordingly," says Phahlane.

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