Premier joins cops in massive crime fighting operation

Everson Luhanga

With Tembisa becoming one of the crime hotspots in the country, Gauteng Premier David Makhura joined the provincial police to root out lawbreakers.

During the O Kae Molao operation on Thursday police officials conducted a roadblock and street-by-street operation in different areas of Tembisa including the notorious Winnie Mandela Section.

Winnie Mandela is famous for its vigilantism where residents don’t wait for the police but burn criminals alive.

From Wednesday, police arrested 806 suspects, and out of those, 165 were arrested for gender-based violence (GBV) offenses.

Speaking to Scrolla.Africa, Premier Makhura said Tembisa is in the top 10 areas when it comes to GBV.

In the same township, the police arrested a man who was part of a 25-member gang that exchanged fire with cops in Rosettenville where eight gang members were killed and 11 arrested.

The Premier acknowledged the concerns of residents who have been complaining about lack of resources at the Tembisa Rabasotho police station. 

“The operation today is one of continuous operations that we’ll be conducting in the township in support of the local police station,” Makhura said.

He said the community must not resort to taking the law into their own hands. 

“We must report criminals to the police. There is no space for vigilantism,” he said.

Deputy Provincial Police Commissioner General Tommy Mthombeni said these operations will continue. 

“We will make life very uncomfortable for the criminals,” said General Mthombeni.

After the roadblock, police went onto the streets where they checked compliance, especially with informal traders. 

Spaza shops were checked and those that were trading without legitimate documentation had their shops closed. The owners, many of whom were foreign nationals who didn’t have proper papers, were assessed and arrested by the Department of Home Affairs officials who were also part of the operation.