‘Drug gangs’ in turf war, 27 arrested

2013-09-10 00:00

DURBAN Metro police arrested 27 people for public violence after a fight broke out between two groups believed to have been fighting over drug territory.

Metro police chief Eugene Msomi said of the arrested, some were found in possession of drugs, but did not specify what kind of drugs.

He said four Metro police officers were injured during the fracas, while a passenger in a minibus taxi sustained unspecified injuries.

eNCA reported yesterday that a drug war spilled over into the streets of Durban on Sunday.

It reported that locals and foreign nationals allegedly selling the heroin-based drug “whoonga” attacked each other in a battle over turf.

Whoonga is a street drug that has come into widespread use in South Africa since 2010, mostly in the impoverished townships of Durban.

Msomi said two shops believed to be selling drugs were looted during the fight. During the fight, a man was shot dead after allegedly shooting at the police.

Asked if he could confirm that the groups were fighting over a turf, Msomi said they arrest people all the time for drug possession.

“Some of the arrested people were in possession of drugs. Drug-related arrests are an ongoing thing. Those arrested will appear in court once the investigation has been concluded,” said Msomi.

He said the situation in the area was back to normal as the police maintained high visibility.

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