The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (Natjoints) has reported that over 550 arrests were made in some parts of the country in response to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) led national shutdown protests.
Police said charges vary and may include public violence, intimidation, damage to critical infrastructure, theft, or attempted looting.
The Natjoints National Spokesperson, Brigadier Athlenda Mathe reported that Gauteng had the highest number of suspects with 149 arrests.
The Northern Cape followed with 95 arrests, then the Eastern Cape and the Free State with 80 and 64 respectively.
Brigadier Mathe said the number of tyres confiscated throughout the country remains at 24 300.
The tyres that were seized were strategically placed for acts of criminality, according to Brigadier Mathe.
“The South African Police Service and other law enforcement agencies deserve praise for their swift response to any occurrence of criminality through intelligence-driven operations.
The South African National Defence Force has provided valuable assistance to the police in safeguarding critical infrastructure, such as ports of entry, toll roads, and harbours. These efforts have thus far resulted in positive outcomes,” stated Mathe.