POLICE have arrested 205 people in Nyanga, SA’s murder capital, for crimes ranging from rape and robbery to murder.
Police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk, said the arrests were the result of various operations conducted in the “Nyanga Policing Precinct” during the past eight days ending on Monday.
The township has retained its notorious reputation after crime statistics released in Parliament earlier on Tuesday showed it has the highest murder rate in the country. The policing district reported 300 murders in the 2014/15 year.
“Of the total arrests 80 people were apprehended for dealing in and possession of drugs, 35 for crimes against women and children, 14 for possession of drugs, 12 for drunken driving, eight for hijacking, four for stolen vehicles, five for house robberies, 11 for dealing in liquor and others were apprehended for serious crimes ranging from rape, murder, robbery and other crimes.”
Van Wyk said 6.4kgs of dagga, 19.7kgs of mandrax tablets and tik were also confiscated.
Two illegal firearms were also confiscated and two suspects arrested.
He said: “Police will continue to intensify these operations in order to clean the streets of Nyanga policing area.” – ANA
Meanwhile the Citizen reports that that while presenting crime statistics to parliament’s portfolio committee on police she said nearly 500 foreign nationals were arrested by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) for serious commercial crimes.
During the joint national Operation Fiela, which came under fire for allegedly targeting foreigners, and similar other operations, 90 wanted suspects who are foreigners were arrested.
700 suspects, also foreigners, with prior convictions were awaiting trial.
Phiyega said that previously, foreign nationals would simply be deported but were now being dealt with and held accountable in South Africa.
She said more than R10.8 billion was transferred out of South Africa illegally while almost R2.2 billion came into the country illegally.
Phiyega added that a money transfer system, Hawala, was utilised by many foreign nationals such as Pakistanis and Somalians and that stronger controls in this regard were needed