The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure has called on those who participated in looting to voluntarily hand in the goods they have taken to the nearest police station.
This follows a widespread of violent protests that resulted in lootings and burning of infrastructure in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng last week.
National police spokesperson Mathapelo Peters says the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS) has welcomed the influx of calls and tip-offs received from members of the public.
“Looters called upon to voluntarily surrender looted property or face possible arrest and criminal records as the integrated recovery operations continue,” said Peters.
She said the value of the stolen goods is yet to be determined.
“The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS) has welcomed the influx of calls and tip-offs received via the MySAPS app from various communities in both KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, which have seen the integrated security forces recover volumes of suspected stolen property whose value is yet to be determined.” Peters added
According to Peters, a number of hostels in Gauteng were searched, and 14 suspects were arrested for being in possession of suspected looted property.
“The concerted response by the NatJOINTS, along with the SANDF and SAPS to the recent acts of unrest and opportunistic criminality, where tensions now appear to be simmering down, security forces have embarked on recovery operations with the collaboration of citizens…some cleaning up their streets and business premises that were affected by the looting in the past week,” Peters said.
A total of 3 407 suspects had been arrested on various charges since the violence erupted over a week ago, with only one suspect granted bail, 1 122 expected to appear in different courts in the two most affected provinces, and the remaining dockets under investigation.
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