By Jonk Wa Mashamba
Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela commended and welcomed a tip-off from the community that led to the arrest of a 47-year-old man who was found with fraudulent documents in Hillbrow recently.
“I would like to thank the community members who continue to be the eyes and ears of the police. As much as we have intensified police visibility on the streets, we still rely on information from the community about the crimes taking place indoors.
“We promise to act swiftly and decisively when we are given information. This arrest is attributed to community members who would not allow crime to be committed under their watch.
“We really appreciate and salute such community members. Working together we can bring crime to minimal,” said Mawela
Police were conducting Operation O Kae Molao when they received a tip-off from the community member about a man who was producing fraudulent identity documents and passports in a flat in Hillbrow, Johannesburg.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo, the police proceeded to the flat and found a 47-year-old Zimbabwean national.
Mavela said upon searching the premises, police discovered documents that include more than 95 South African Identity Documents, birth certificates, smart identity cards, passports, bank statements, Covid-19 certificates, work permits, SAPS firearm license competency certificates, Sassa cards, bank cards and other essential documents.
“The suspect was immediately arrested and charged with fraud. There is a possibility that more charges will be added pending the investigation.
“Furthermore, police arrested more than 800 suspects during Operation O Kae Molao conducted on Wednesday and Thursday across the province,” Mavela said.