FOUR stolen vehicles were recovered during Operation Okae Molao in Dobsonville, Soweto on Thursday, 12 May.
The vehicles included Toyota Quantums and a Nissan NP200.
They were recovered at a single roadblock set up at the busy Elias Motsoaledi Drive between Dobsonville and Roodepoort.
Several arrests were made, including more than 40 illegal immigrants, while fines were issued to motorists, including a taxi driver whose taxi was without wipers and a valid licence disc.
Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela said they went to the area because of the high level of crime, including robbery, gender-based violence and car hijacking.
Mawela said: “Four stolen vehicles have been recovered, which shows that the people who are hijacking vehicles are operating here.
“Forty-two undocumented people were arrested and will be processed by the immigration officers.”
Mawela said they nabbed a suspected drug dealer with more than 20 mandrax tablets.
However, the operation didn’t deliver any arrests of zama zamas as they swiftly dashed when police approached.
“The detectives around the province have arrested over 900 people in the last 24 hours. Two people were arrested for destruction of property. I’ve put together 30 combat teams that are going to focus on the protection of essential infrastructure,” added Mawela.
“This after a rampant cable theft which has left many kasis in the dark.”