Nipping violent crime in the bud

2011-12-30 00:00

THE police raided more than a dozen taverns in the Mpophomeni (Howick) area this week as part of their strategy to nip violent crime in the bud.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said yesterday the raids on the taverns were part of their strategy to clean up the crime activity.

“We received information from the community about the crime that is taking place in those taverns and we acted on that information.”

The operation involved the police, members of the K9 Unit, flying squad and visible policing unit, focusing on liquor-related offences and liquor trade infringements.

It resulted in 10 illegal shebeens being shut down, two licensed dealers being charged for non-compliance with their liquor licence conditions and three people arrested for being drunk in public. One patron was arrested for being in possession of dagga and another for being in possession of property suspected to have been stolen.

Police seized a large quantity of electrical equipment, which is thought to be stolen property. Liquor valued at more than R80 000 was confiscated.

“There have been a lot of complaints about these areas from the community as it is known that they are infested with criminal activity.

“There are robberies and stabbings by people who frequent these places and the patrons often became the victims of crime.”

Naicker warned that the raids on the taverns was just the beginning.

“We are going to be continuously visiting the area with people coming from the outside working with the local police to conduct operations as part of the process to clean up the area.”

Sizwe Nkomo, chairperson of the Howick Community Policing Forum, said the community was happy with the intervention of the police.

“At this stage the police are still conducting their raids and we will have a full picture of their successes earlier next week.”

Recently provincial Police Commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni announced that a task team would be deployed in the area to deal with crimes involving drug abuse, violence and the spread of gang activity, among others.

The task team will reportedly be deployed in the area next week.

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