SAPS - South African Police Service

12/03/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/03/2023 07:40

Safer Festive Season Operation Shanela ensures the arrest of numerous suspects in the Northern Cape

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Northern Cape

KIMBERLEY - Operation Shanela, the multi-disciplinary high-density operation remains intentional in stabilizing crime.

The intensified multi-disciplinary operations commenced on Thursday, 30 November 2023 until Sunday, 03 December 2023 with a keen focus on the reduction of contact and violent crimes in Hotspot areas which netted a multitude of successes.

Actions and police activities executed during the operations included, vehicle check points (VCP's), stop and searches, foot and vehicle patrols, compliance inspections, drugs and other commodities smuggling and tracing operations by detectives.

A total of 26 vehicle checkpoints and seven roadblocks were held across the province during which 1751 vehicles and 3805 persons were stopped and searched.

341 Compliance inspections were conducted at second-hand goods dealers, firearm dealers, liquor premises, formal and informal businesses, mines as well as farms with the Departments of Home Affairs and Labour to ensure labour laws compliance.

Numerous operational successes were achieved, including the arrest of 182 suspects for crimes ranging from murder, attempted murder, robbery, assault, burglary, theft out of motor vehicle, malicious damage to property dealing and possession of drugs, dangerous weapons, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, illegal dealing in liquor, undocumented persons as well as contravention of the Second-Hand Goods Act.

A total of 184 wanted suspects, who have been on the run from the police for numerous offences, were traced and arrested by detectives across the province.

Police actions also resulted in the confiscation alcoholic beverages and numerous dangerous weapons that could have had dire consequences if not policed.

In Campbell, in the Pixley Ka Seme District police pounced on a tenant who is allegedly selling drugs at his informal rental structure and successfully arrested the suspects and confiscated the drugs.

The police applauded landlords across the province who reports tenants who are transgressing the law.

The Provincial Commissioner of the Northern Cape, Lieutenant General Otola, reiterated that landlords who are harbouring criminals will be dealt with harshly as their actions defeats the strides made by the police.

She encouraged the women and men in blue, communities as well as all external stakeholders to join hands and ensure a safe and secure Northern Cape during and beyond this festive season and 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Children. The SAPS in the Northern Cape reinforces efforts to support the theme: Accelerating actions to end gender-based violence and femicide, leaving no one behind.


Sergeant Timothy Sam
082 494 9981