Pretoria - An intensive crime combating operation by the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Pretoria has led to the arrest of more than 100 people, police spokesperson Captain Thomas Mufamadi said on Monday.

“A total of 107 people were arrested over the weekend in Pretoria CBD and surrounding areas. The SAPS and other law enforcement agencies have embarked on different crime prevention operations and awareness campaigns across the [Tshwane West] Cluster's policing precinct, with the aim and objective of engaging with the different communities and to curb criminal activities in the area,” said Mufamadi.

“Road blocks were erected, and stop and search [operations] on different hot-spots were conducted. Suspects were arrested for various offences such as, house breaking and theft, armed robbery, business robbery, driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of suspected stolen property, malicious damage to property, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, possession of dagga, traffic offences and selling liquor without valid licences.”

He said all the suspects appeared before the Atteridgeville and Pretoria Magistrate’s courts on Monday.

During the blitz, police also gave community members safety tips on car-hijacking, crime scene management, and theft from motor vehicles.

Police in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria are appealing for information regarding an incident where two men were fatally shot and killed on Saturday night.

“The incident occurred at corner Ramakatsane and Senthumule streets in Atteridgeville. On arrival, police found that both men had sustained bullet wounds on the upper parts of their bodies. The motive behind the incident is still unknown,” said Mufamadi.

“Anyone with information which could lead to the arrest of the suspects should come forward or to contact the local police station.”