AmaPanyaza combats holiday crime

Gauteng Crime Prevention Wardens: Partners in Safeguarding

During the festive season, the Gauteng Crime Prevention Wardens, colloquially known as AmaPanyaza, collaborated with multiple law enforcement agencies to combat crime in Gauteng.

Their concerted efforts were aimed at ensuring the safety and security of the public during New Year’s Eve celebrations and beyond.

Teaming up with entities like the South African Police Service (SAPS), they bolstered crime prevention measures and enhanced visibility across the province.

Unified Efforts Yield Results

The joint operations, spanning all five districts of Gauteng—Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, West Rand, and Sedibeng—marked a significant increase in on-ground presence.

Led by the National Commissioner of SAPS, General Fannie Masemola, and Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, these endeavors were supported by the MEC of Community Safety, Ms. Faith Mazibuko.

Collaborative efforts culminated in the arrest of over 2900 individuals, among them 688 wanted suspects, apprehended through comprehensive detective work.

Achievements Amid Festive Operations

Colonel Dimakatso Nevhuhulwi, a spokesperson for SAPS, highlighted the diverse array of charges levied against the arrested individuals.

Offenses ranged from possession of unlicensed firearms, drunk driving, drug trafficking, and possession of suspected stolen goods to severe crimes like murder, rape, and sexual offenses.

The success of these operations was further underscored by the seizure of illicit items including dangerous weapons, drugs, firearms, ammunition, copper cables, and contraband cigarettes.

Reclaiming Hillbrow: A Victorious Mission

A specific operation led by AmaPanyaza in Johannesburg Central on December 30, 2023, resulted in the recovery of counterfeit goods valued at R7 million.

Colonel Nevhuhulwi emphasized the significance of this operation, stating that it also facilitated the reclaiming of the streets in Hillbrow.

This area, notorious for its history of disorder and lawlessness during New Year’s Eve celebrations, witnessed a significant crackdown, marking a step towards restored order.

Legal Proceedings and Ongoing Vigilance

While some apprehended individuals were released after paying fines, others are scheduled to appear before various Magistrates’ Courts in Gauteng from January 2, 2024.

As the operations continue, the collaborative efforts of these agencies remain pivotal in safeguarding the community and upholding law and order in the region.

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