- Over 300 undocumented foreigners were discovered in a hijacked Hillbrow building
- Police made the discovery during an operation aimed at ensuring Gauteng's safety during the holidays
- Police Minister Bheki Cele led the operation which saw the foreign nationals taken into custody
Scores of undocumented foreign nationals were apprehended after a police raid on a hijacked Hillbrow building in Johannesburg on Friday.
TimesLIVE reports that Police Minister Bheki Cele had led the crime prevention operation to ensure the province enjoys a safer festive season this year.
Commenting on the situation, spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said those responsible were arrested after the rightful owners of the 21-story building were found:
“A total of 380 (353 males and 27 females) undocumented nationals from Malawi and Zimbabwe, including those found during roadblocks and in other operations, were taken in for processing and verification of their stay in the country."
The campaign saw 124 suspects with pending warrants of arrests nabbed. A stolen police firearm was also found in the possession of a Mozambican who had been driving a suspected stolen vehicle, Briefly.co.za gathered.
The suspect was apprehended at one of the many roadblocks set up in all five districts of Gauteng. The widespread operation has yielded immense results as authorities clamp down ahead of Christmas:
“A lot more other crime areas were addressed where in Johannesburg, police confiscated counterfeit goods estimated at R25m at Lotto Building on Rahima Moosa Street. Police also found in the building and seized equipment such as stencils and plates suspected of being utilised to produce counterfeit luxury and sports brand labels."
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