News24 | Soshanguve clampdown: Hundreds arrested as Gauteng cops target crime hotspots with Operation Shanela

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A wide-scale operation by police targeting crime hotspots in Soshanguve saw the arrests of 874 wanted suspects for crimes ranging from murder to rape, serious assault, and domestic violence.

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Gauteng’s top cops descended on Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, on Saturday evening, following criticism that many areas in the township are so crime-infested that they’ve become no-go areas for e-hailing vehicles and even pizza delivery drivers.

This week, Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi visited the area following the deadly shooting on New Year’s Day that claimed the lives of four people, including a police officer. Lesufi told the media he had learnt of shockingly high crime statistics from the local police station which was investigating 331 “active” cases.

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