Byline: Kelebogile Masemola

01 May 2022

The Provincial Commissioner of Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias led the Tshwane multidisciplinary Operation O Kae Molao Mawela from 18:00 on Saturday, 30 April to 02:00 on Sunday 1 May 2022, in Mabopane and Loate precincts. 

The other four Districts; Ekurhuleni, Sedibeng, Johannesburg, and West Rand also conducted their operations simultaneously with Tshwane’s operation.

The operations have resulted in the apprehension of 660 individuals for various crimes including over 30 undocumented persons and the impounding of three unlicensed firearms & ammunition, drugs, dagga, a car with an engine tempered with, illegal mining materials, and liquor from illegal taverns among other items.

The Detectives’ suspects raiding which is the first phase of the operation saw the arrest of more than 300 individuals.

Over 140 of them were apprehended for gender-based violence-related crimes.

The second phase of the operation was conducted by Visible Policing together with other law enforcement agencies through roadblocks, stop and searches, vehicle checkpoints, and compliance at liquor outlets as well as second-hand good dealers.

While conducting liquor outlets compliance inspections about ten illegal taverns were closed and hundreds of litres of liquor were seized. 

Operation O Kae Molao’s achievements are guaranteed by the multiplicity of resources from various stakeholders to bolster this weekly crime-fighting campaign. On Saturday’s operation, the SAPS members were joined by members from Metro Police Departments from Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, and Johannesburg, Gauteng Traffic, Emergency Medical Services, Local Traffic, Department of Home Affairs, Department of Correctional Services, various Security Companies under the banner of Eyes and Ears Project by Business Against Crime South Africa, Tracker as well as Community Policing Forum among other stakeholders.