JOHANNESBURG -- The South African Police Service (SAPS) has hailed its law-enforcement operations in Hillbrow, Yeoville, Berea and Joubert Park on Thursday night and early Friday morning as a success.
Hundreds of Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers and SAPS members -- including tactical response teams and public order policing units -- supported by emergency services and disaster management, moved into the notorious suburbs at 7pm.
They raided apartment buildings in the central Johannesburg areas.
They stopped and searched people on the streets for hours.
Officers also searched vehicles and forced some shops to close.
They confiscated weapons and drugs.
By midnight police had cleared most of the streets and residents were celebrating indoors.
Despite hundreds of police officers patrolling the streets residents threw bottles, buckets and couches from their balconies.
After the stroke of midnight officers had to pick up a woman who claimed to have been assaulted.
Ambulances were called in to pick up injured people.
As the new year got under way residents continued with their celebrations and the police continued their operations.
The operations continued all night with few more incidents.