Gauteng premier David Makhura launches war on crime - more than 500 arrests in 24 hours
Gauteng premier David Makhura says his government has launched a war on crime and that the time for speeches is over. Gauteng police have has so far arrested more than 500 individuals suspected of crimes ranging from gender-based violence to the possession of stolen goods, such as cars and illegal weapons.
These arrests follow weeks of the province's authorities conducting raids in the city centre, in an effort to eradicate the sale of counterfeit goods.
“In the past 24 hours, Gauteng SAPS arrested 541 suspects on various crimes - among them gender-based violence, drugs and stolen vehicles, illegal weapons, murder and robbery. We're on the ground taking action to stamp out lawlessness and criminality. No more speeches,” he said via Twitter on Thursday.
Over the past 24hours, Gauteng SAPS arrested 541 suspects on various crimes - gender-based violence, drugs, stolen vehicles, illegal weapons, murder and robbery, etc. We’re on the ground taking ACTION stem out lawlessness and criminality. No more speeches!— David Makhura (@David_Makhura) September 19, 2019
Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has been at the forefront of the raids. Three weeks ago, he accompanied police and tax officials in the seizing of fake goods, which were said to amount to R15m in value.