More than 300 arrests in cop blitz

Crime prevention operations across Soweto and Cape Town lead to over 700 arrests.

SAPS on the scene. Picture: Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - More than 300 people were arrested in Soweto and Lenasia, south of Johannesburg over the weekend, amongst these were shebeen owners whose establishments were shut down.

Police spokesperson Kay Makhubela said the group was arrested for various crimes.

"Some had unlicensed firearms, dagga and stolen motor vehicles."

Makhubela said the arrested people will be appearing in various magistrates courts in Protea and Roodepoort.

Meanwhile in Cape Town, more than 400 people were arrested during several crime prevention operations held in Mitchell's Plain this week.

The police's Fredrick van Wyk said those arrested face a variety of charges including murder, rape, attempted murder, possession of drugs and illegal firearms.

Van Wyk said detectives also managed to track down 64 wanted suspects.