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277 arrested for loitering in JHB

An initiative was launched last month to arrest beggars, window washers and street vendors.

FILE: Those arrested will appear in court or pay a fine. Picture: Saps

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Metro Police have arrested 277 people for loitering after an operation was rolled out to clean up several major intersections in the city.

The initiative was launched last month to arrest beggars, window washers and street vendors from identified hotspots.

Metro Police spokesperson Edna Mamonyane said metro police would keep targeted intersections clean.

"Once we've cleaned up, we are not abandoning those areas. We then say to the area commanders or the occupants in that area that they need to keep that intersection clean. We will carry on and roll over."

Those arrested will appear in court or pay a fine.

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