SONA 2024: 285 000 arrests since May 2023

Ramaphosa: South Africans deserve to be safe and to feel safe, to walk freely and without fear in their neighbourhoods and public spaces.
During this administration, we have focused on equipping our law enforcement agencies, which had been systematically weakened, to do their work effectively.
We have strengthened the ranks of the police through the recruitment of 20,000 police officers over the last two years and another 10,000 in the year to come.
An extra 5,000 police officers have been deployed to public order policing.
The SAPS has launched Operation Shanela as a new approach to target crime hotspots, which has resulted in over 285,000 arrests since May last year.

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