Gauteng Police Apprehend Over 1,700 Suspects and Seize 65 Unlicensed Firearms

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Over the recent long weekend, Gauteng police conducted operations and routine stop and search checks that led to the apprehension of more than 1,700 suspects and the seizure of 65 unlicensed firearms. These arrests were made in different parts of the province, with the perpetrators charged with serious and violent crimes.

Diligent Police Officers Lead to Discovery of Unlicensed Firearms

Most firearms were discovered because of the diligent and intelligent observation of police officers during routine patrols. The weapons are believed to have been used to commission severe and violent crimes in the province.

Johannesburg District

In Johannesburg District alone, 453 arrests were made. Suspects were charged with offenses ranging from malicious damage to property to selling liquor without a license.

Tshwane District

In the Tshwane District, the South African Police Service arrested 450 suspects through multiple crime prevention operations within Pretoria and its boundaries.

Ekurhuleni District

Meanwhile, in Ekurhuleni District, 403 suspects were arrested on various charges, including two believed to be the masterminds behind car hijackings.

West Rand District

Police operations in the West Rand District resulted in over 159 arrests, with suspects charged with murder, attempted murder, and car hijacking.


On the other hand, police in Sedibeng arrested 216 suspects charged with various crimes, including murder, assault, rape, and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

Community Involvement

Police management in the province expressed appreciation for the community’s involvement in the fight against crime. Most of the suspects were arrested through tip-offs and information received from members of the public.

Overall, the recent operations and arrests demonstrate the commitment of Gauteng police to ensuring the safety and security of the province’s residents. The continued cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the community is crucial in the fight against crime. The arrested suspects are expected to appear in various magistrates’ courts.

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