On August 22 a combined initiative between the Edenvale SAPS and various SAPS units was launched to reduce crime in the Edenvale area.
According to Captain Jean Olckers, spokesperson for the Edenvale SAPS, the zero-tolerance operation aims to reduce crime and increase police visibility in Edenvale.
He said the operation is a crime prevention initiative.
“During the operation we will be pumping a massive amount of manpower into the area,” said Capt Olckers.
Capt Jean Olckers said 20 police vehicles and 50 police officers have been called upon to assist the Edenvale SAPS.
The additional SAPS vehicles and officers belong to various units, such as the Tactical Response Team, Public Order Policing, the Flying Squad, officers from the Ekurhuleni North Cluster and EMPD.
The operation will see the SAPS conduct roadblocks, stop-and-search operations and patrols.
“It will be an ongoing initiative for the foreseeable future. All crimes in Edenvale will be addressed,” said Capt Olckers.
According to Capt Olckers, during the first day of the operation three fines were issued, one business was closed down and three suspects were arrested.
He said that two liquor outlets were fined a total of R2 000.
Both outlets were in contravention of the Gauteng Liquor Act.
The first outlet was fined for being open before its stipulated business hours.
The second outlet failed to display the correct documentation required by the Gauteng Liquor Act and was fined.
A second-hand-goods dealer was fined and closed after members from SAPS discovered that the business had failed to renew its licence.
Capt Olckers said that the last time the business licence was renewed was in 2011.
One suspect was arrested for dealing in narcotics and possession of drugs.
“A large amount of drugs was found on the suspect,” said Capt Olckers.
“The drugs amounted to R8 000,” said Capt Olckers.
He said it was found that the suspect had previously been arrested on drug-related charges.
Two suspects were arrested for possession of drugs.
Capt Olckers said that a large variety of drugs was found on the three suspects.
The drugs found included heroine, cocaine, crystal meth, cat and mandrax, he said.
“During the operation the SAPS will focus on hot-spots identified by the SAPS, including Eastleigh and the Edenvale CBD,” said Capt Olckers.
He said that minimal crime had been reported during the day.