Many would easily agree that crushing drug crimes in SA would go a long way to better the country in many ramifications.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) believes that efforts to ensure a safer society wouldn’t materialize if young South Africans are dependent on drugs.
For that and other reasons, SAPS is happy to announce the arrest of 452 suspects linked to Drug crimes in SA.
The suspects BuzzSouthAfrica learnt, were harvested in Eastern Cape after SAPS in the Province paid special attention to fighting alcohol and drug abuse.
Adding that the police also focused on underage drinking, SAPS divulged that 540 litres of alcohol was confiscated with 13 suspects arrested for illegal dealing in liquor.
In addition, 51 suspects were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
That’s not all, 516 individuals were arrested for other crimes ranging from murder to attempted murder, rape, sexual assault, assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, robbery, business robbery, malicious damage to property, armed robbery, burglaries, theft of vehicles and other crimes.
In all these, police recovered 16 stolen vehicles and seized 24 firearms including pistols, rifles and shotguns, 405 rounds of ammunition and 104 “dangerous weapons.”
Commenting, the Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in the Eastern Cape said:
“For as long as young children are dependent on drugs and alcohol, our efforts to ensure a safer society will not become a reality.
We must ensure that our leaders of tomorrow have a bright future and that is why we will continue engaging our learners on the dangers of substance abuse and the negative impact it has on their lives.
We have also intensified our intelligence-driven operations to ensure that we confiscate these drugs and arrest the forces behind its distribution to the youth.
It is also very encouraging to note the increase in the confiscations of illegal firearms circulating in our communities.”
Meanwhile, Hawks’ Commercial Crime Unit in Durban in conjunction with the Department of Home Affairs Counter Corruption officials, arrested a 35-year-old Home Affairs’ employee in Kokstad.
The Home Affairs official was arrested after the crime fighters received information about a 19-year-old Lesotho woman who was mysteriously in possession of a South African identity document.
SAPS narrated that “an intensive investigation was launched and it led the investigators to a house in Shayamoya, Kokstad.
“A search was conducted and 19 fully completed Late Birth Registration (LRB) application forms were found. A 47-year-old woman was subsequently arrested.
“Investigation proceeded to Kokstad Department of Home Affair Offices where an on duty official was arrested.”
The suspects have already been charged with fraud and are due to appear in the Durban Specialized Commercial Court on Thursday, 9 February 2017.