MEC Motlhabane was accompanied by the provincial commissioner, Lt Genl Baile Motswenyane, Matlosana mayor, Cllr Maetu Kgaile and Public Safety MMC, Cllr Sebenzile Daemane.
The launch which saw the police arresting, searching and chasing suspects was on Friday 8 February.
One of the brothels around Pinaarsdorp and a liquor store alleged to be owned by a Nigerian national was raided by the police.
Suspected illegal immigrants who were noticed by the police, but then ran away were also arrested near the Schoonspruit Park after hiding.
Drugs including tik, mandrax and crystal meth and cash were seized.
According to Brig Sabata Mokgwabone, the operation’s mainly crime intelligence driven actions which started in the early hours, led to the arrest of four suspects for drug related crimes and three for illicit mining.
“Another 26 suspects were brought to book for various offences during a suspect raid that preceded the opera-tion. And during a roadblock that was held along the Klerksdorp-Ventersdorp road, 190 vehicles were stopped and searched while 18 traffic fines worth R20 900 were issued to motorists.
“Four secondhand goods businesses were closed for operating without licences while one shebeen was also shut down. A total of 30 undocumented persons were taken in for processing,” Brig Mokgwabone said.
Mokgwabone said the operation also led to confiscation of various drugs, three cell phones, 821 tyres, 243 mag rims, spades as well as cash.
He said the operation was aimed at addressing maintaining law, order, peace, security and stability as well as to reclaim the space or areas controlled by criminals and to create a conducive environment for all people in South Africa to participate in social and economic activities.
The operation was launched through a multi-disciplinary parade formed by various joint law enforcement role players including provincial and local government structures.
In her welcome address, Lt Genl Motswenyane indicated that the operation commenced just after the end of Operation Back to Basics: Safer Festive Season and that it will continue until the end of July.
Motswenyane said the operation will continue at other parts of the province to stamp the authority of the state and ensure that members of the community are and feel safe.
Upon delivering his address, the MEC Motlhabane said that it is the responsibility of all role players to ensure that the authority of the state is reasserted through integrated operational plans focusing on the six pillar approach that amongst others includes communication mobilisation and social services, safety and security, and Legal and regulatory framework.
The MEC also handed a mobile Community Service Centre (CSC) to the Cluster Commander of Klerksdorp, Major General Pretorius. The CSC will be used to take policing services to the remote areas within the cluster.