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Intelligence driven second-hand goods operation yields results

VRYBURG - An intelligence driven operation conducted in Vryburg on Friday, 12 April 2019 by a multi-disciplinary team comprising of South African Police Service (SAPS)'s Firearm, Liquor and Second-Hand Goods from various clusters, Vehicle Crime Investigation Units (VCIU), Crime Intelligence, Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) as well as officials from Department of Home Affairs yielded positive results.

In an effort to restraint any form of criminality and enforce compliance with the Second-Hand Goods Act, (Act No. 6 of 2009) in the area, the team through their distinctive skills have made a major breakthrough. As part of the operation, a 37-year-old woman was arrested for being in possession of a motor vehicle engine. The operation also led to apprehension of a 23-year-old man for possession of a suspected stolen vehicle. During the operation, another vehicle was confiscated at a dealer's premises after it transpired that the said vehicle was reported stolen.

The operation also resulted in issuing of fines for contravention of the Second-Hand Goods Act, while one suspected was arrested for possession of dagga.

Five suspected foreign nationals were taken in for processing by Immigration Officials.

The operational that was well executed, led to a thorough check of 54 motor vehicles as well as visiting of local scrap metal dealers and recyclers. Members of the community were also educated about Second Hands Goods through distribution of pamphlets at the local shopping mall.

All arrested suspects are expected to appear in the Vryburg Magistrates' Court on Monday, 15 April 2019.

The Acting Cluster Commander of Vryburg, Colonel Johannes Mashaba appreciated the multi-disciplinary team for their efforts that led to the arrests, seizures and recoveries. He emphasized that it was this type of commitment that will result in SAPS being successful in combating crime and bringing back policing in the cluster particularly during the Easter Holidays and the National and Provincial Elections.

Source: South African Police Service

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