Operation “O Kae Molao” has become a pivotal weekly police operation in Mabopane and Loate, aimed at curbing crime and enhancing public safety.
A crucial role is played by law enforcement agencies within communities, including the SAPS, the TMPD, the Department of Corrections, and the Department of Home Affairs.
Brigadier Johannes Tau, Temba Station Commander, explained that law enforcement agencies had recognised the necessity of a targeted, consistent, and systematic approach to dealing with a variety of criminal activities in the area.
The operation was carried out in two phases, with phase one leading to the arrest of 339 suspects. The arrests were for various crimes. “Most of these were domestic violence-related arrests,” Tau explained.
During phase two of the operation, Tau arrested 15 undocumented suspects, 2 dagga dealers, and 2 copper thieves, among others. Despite being visible and active in these areas, the police lack the resources they need to adequately conduct their day-to-day operations, he explained.
Tau alerted the residents of Mabopane to the possibility of carjackings in the region. He also praised community members for their commitment to bringing more problems to the public’s attention. “Our efforts are appreciated by the community,” he said.