SAPS: 167 murder suspects taken off KZN's streets in March

SAPS: 167 murder suspects taken off KZN's streets in March

Police say they nabbed more than 300 people for contact crimes, like murder and attempted murder, in KwaZulu-Natal in March. 

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"One hundred and sixty-seven suspected murderers and 137 attempted murder suspects were among the 3,156 suspects who were arrested for contact crimes," says provincial SAPS spokesperson Robert Netshiunda. 

"Those who prey on women and children were also traced, and the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit detectives ensured that 243 suspected rapists were removed from society in the month. Still, on contact crimes, 42 suspects were arrested for sexual assault, 1 535 more suspects were nabbed for allegedly assaulting others with an intent to cause grievous bodily harm."

Netshiunda says 9,500 criminals and 258 firearms were taken off KZN's streets. 

He has updated the media on the police's crime-fighting efforts for the month of March. 

Netshiunda says arrests were made in investigations into home and business robberies, as well as vehicle theft cases. 

He says the fight against drug-related crimes and alcohol abuse continues. 

"The fight against the proliferation of drugs and the abuse of liquor was intensified, and during the operations, 1 380 suspects were arrested for drug-related crimes. Four hundred and forty-five people were arrested for illegal dealing in liquor, 426 people were also arrested for driving under the influence of liquor, and a further 73 people were nabbed for drinking in a public place.

"Going together with the 258 firearms, police also recovered almost 3,000 rounds of ammunition of various calibre of firearms. Four hundred and sixty-three knives and 22 machetes were also recovered during the province-wide operations."

At least 265 suspects were caught for house and business burglaries during the province wide operations and 32 suspects were cornered and arrested for a string of theft of motor vehicles as well as theft from motor vehicles.

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