The Johannesburg Metro Police Department recently released its crime statistics and performance report for April 2019. According to the report, these were the top crime arrests during the month of April:
- 801 driving under the influence of alcohol
- 10 reckless and negligent driving
- 17 public violence
- 37 possession of hijacked/stolen motor vehicles
- 17 firearm/unlicensed
- 6 possession or dealing in drugs
The JMPD also made a number of recoveries during April 2019, namely 85 vehicles, 20 firearms, and 150 ammunition recovery cases.
Land invasions for April 2019
There were 9 land invasion operations that were conducted, with 132 homeless people being removed and 110 shacks demolished and removed.
The JMPD also reports on disciplinary cases each month. There were 2 assault allegations, 1 allegation of an officer’s conduct being unbecoming, 4 corruption allegations, 1 insubordination allegation, 3 misconduct allegations, 2 negligence allegations, and 1 theft allegation.
Cases of significance
The monthly report also details cases of significance. Two of the cases that were reported are as follows:
On 5 April 2019, a JMPD K9 Officer received a call indicating that a Mercedez Benz vehicle was highjacked in Evaton and the owner of the vehicle was shot by heavily armed suspects. The Officer was off duty at the time, however, that did not stop him from attending to the call. He immediately reported the incident to the Radio Room and the hijacked vehicle was tracked. He requested backup from the on-duty K9 members. The vehicle was found in Lawley extension 1 and all three suspects were still in the vehicle. All three suspects were arrested for hijacking, possession of a hijacked motor vehicle, possession of unlicensed firearms as well as ammunition.
On 15 April 2018 at approximately 08:50, Region F1 Officers were patrolling along Joubert Street towards Park Town when they were stopped by an African man who then pointed out a suspect on the other side of the street. The victim indicated to the officers that he was robbed of his cell phone and a bag. The suspect saw the officers and began to run. Officers parked the patrol vehicle and gave chase on foot. During the chase, the suspect pulled out his firearm and fired shots towards officers. Officer Machethe pulled her firearm out and fired two shots. The suspect surrendered. The suspect then threw the bag and the phone on the ground and the chase continued. The Officer caught the suspect at the corner of Joubert and Empire Road. The suspect was arrested and detained at Hillbrow SAPS for armed robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm.