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JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Central police arrested 216 people during crime-combating operations from Friday to Sunday morning, Gauteng police said.
The suspects were arrested in the Mondeor, Booysens, Moffatview, Langlaagte, Fairlands, Sophiatown, Brixton, and Johannesburg Central areas, Warrant Officer Xoli Mbele said.
The arrests included five for common robbery, 13 for armed robbery, six for possession of a hijacked motor vehicle, seven for possession of a stolen motor vehicle, two for possession of unlicensed firearms, two for theft out of a motor vehicle, four for rape, seven for housebreaking and theft, six for domestic violence, one for murder, 25 for drunk driving, 31 for possession of drugs, and nine for possession of suspected stolen property.
“The rest of the suspects were arrested for committing other crimes ranging from attempted murder, business burglary, common assault, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, theft, malicious damage to property, shoplifting, and fraud.”
Most of the suspects would appear in various magistrates’ courts in the Johannesburg area soon, Mbele said.