Johannesburg – Western Cape police arrested over 500 people for crimes ranging from drug possession to operating a business without a licence during operations conducted in the Nyanga area in the past week, a spokesperson said on Sunday.
Those arrested included 191 people for dealing and possession of drugs; 14 for dealing in liquor without licences and 31 people were arrested for crimes against women and children.
Another 33 were apprehended for having dangerous weapons, Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana said.
Eight stolen vehicles were among items recovered. Drugs confiscated included heroin, tik, Mandrax and dagga.
Some have appeared in court, but most are expected to appear in courts in the area on Monday.
Meanwhile, about 290 people were arrested for various crimes in Soweto and surrounding areas over the weekend, Gauteng police said on Sunday.
The arrests happened from Friday evening up to Sunday morning in Soweto, Lenasia and Eldorado Park, Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said.
Three people were arrested for murder, five for rape and 11 for stolen vehicles, said Makhubela.
Other arrests included 37 arrests for drunk driving, 36 for the possession of dagga and 22 people for dealing in drugs, among others.
All those arrested would appear in various courts in the area on Monday.
JHB Central Sector Policing members also arrested 41 suspects for various offences during anti-crime operations over the weekend, police said.
Two people were arrested for truck hijacking, two for armed robbery, one for murder, two for common robbery, one for attempted murder and 13 for shoplifting, said Warrant Officer Xoli Mbele.
The rest were arrested for crimes such as breaking into a business, assault with grievous bodily harm, theft out of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of dagga, domestic violence, malicious damage to property, fraud, and drunk driving.
Most are due to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.