‘Operation Restore’ sees more than 400 arrests in Gauteng

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More than 400 people have been arrested for various crimes during the police’s multi-disciplinary “Operation Restore” in Alexandra, Diepkloof and Hillbrow. The operation was held on Friday.

About 380 of the arrested suspects were foreign nationals suspected to be in the country illegally.

They were handed over to Home Affairs immigration officials for further processing and verification of their status in the country.

The police’s Robert Netshiunda says “Suspects were arrested for various crimes that include: possession of drugs, possession of live ammunition, possession of counterfeit money, dealing in liquor without license, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH), rape, and violation of road traffic regulations including driving while under the influence of a substance. Different types of drugs, liquor, counterfeit cigarettes and live ammunition were confiscated during the operations.”

Calmness restored in Alex following violent conflicts

Relative calm has been restored to the streets of Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg, following violent clashes between locals and foreign nationals.

Member of the Johannesburg Mayoral Committee for Community Safety, David Tembe, says law enforcement is succeeding in restoring law and order in the area.

The recent tensions come as members of the Alexandra Dudula Movement took to the streets of the township earlier this week, burning tyres and forcefully closing all shops and informal stores belonging to foreign nationals.

The movement’s members are demanding a total shutdown of all South African townships in protest against undocumented foreign nationals that they accuse of dominating jobs in the informal sector.

Video: Situation in Alexandra post-Monday clashes between South Africans and foreign nationals [ 8 March 2022]