Police to target hijacked buildings across Gauteng
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Police to target hijacked buildings across Gauteng

The police has vowed to expand its raids on hijacked and neglected buildings to other parts of Gauteng.


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Pic Courtesty: Sibahle Motha

Police officers, along with their metro police counterparts, raided four hijacked buildings, Blu Huize, Standby, Vanin Court and Sandringham, as part of ‘Operation 'Bad Buildings' in Johannesburg on Tuesday.


 


More than 100 people were taken in for questioning at the Hillbrow police station. 


 


“One-hundred-and-twenty-four individuals were taken in. Twenty-one were immigrants, 3 arrested for illegal ammunition and a home-made rifle,” said metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar.



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"This is a provincial initiative, we will be going to other parts of Gauteng to conduct the same kind of operation.


 


"It could be in Tshwane, Ekurhuleni or the Vaal. We will be doing the same operations to target bad buildings or buildings that could be hijacked."


 


The metro police believe that most inner city buildings are used as a hiding place by criminals.


 


"We have found that these buildings that have been hijacked harbour criminals. Criminals attack innocent people, they commit crime and hide in these buildings," added Minnaar.

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