Police arrest undocumented foreign nationals and seize counterfeit goods worth millions of Rands in the Safer Festive Season Campaign
The much anticipated festive season is upon us and the city of Gauteng together with the South African Police Service has launched the Safer Festive Season Campaign.
Officially launched by the South African Minister of Police Bheki Cele and other top government officials on Friday 8 November the campaign that is aimed at ensuring that the upcoming festive season will be safe for all kicked off on the right foot.
To kick start the campaign, the SAPS raided a building in Hillbrow and found more than 300 undocumented foreigners mostly from Malawi and Zimbabwe living in the building. 3 suspects were arrested.
News24 reported that Police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said 2 women and a man were arrested for hijacking the Hillbrow building after police were able to locate the rightful owner of the building.
He said, “A total of 380- 353 males and 27 females- undocumented nationals from Zimbabwe and Malawi including those found during roadblocks and in other operations were taken in for processing and verification of their stay in the country.”
In other operations under the campaign, police managed to trace 124 suspects on whom warrants of arrests were executed for a range of crimes.
Roadblocks were also mounted at strategic places in and the city to impound unroadworthy vehicles.