Crime-fighting operation yields positive results

2017-06-08 06:02
PHOTO: suppliedSAPS Ugu Cluster officers confiscate illegally-sold alcohol in the Masinenge informal settlement.

PHOTO: suppliedSAPS Ugu Cluster officers confiscate illegally-sold alcohol in the Masinenge informal settlement.

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UGU Cluster Commander, Major General Sethenya Nxamagele led an SAPS crime-fighting operation last Thursday night in the Masinenge informal settlement and other areas in Margate to look for wanted suspects, dangerous weapons, unlicensed firearms and suspected stolen property.

Also taking part were senior officers from the cluster, police officers from neighbouring stations and Margate SAPS.

Other units which formed part of the operation were Public Order Policing (POP), Tactical Response Team (TRT), Crime Intelligence K9, Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit (VCIU) and the Crime Investigation Unit.

Colonel Cornelius Thabethe, the Station Commander from Margate was the operational commander.

SAPS Spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said during the operation a number of dwellings were examined and 435 people were searched.

“Seventy four crates of liquor were seized from the illegal liquor outlets and seven people were charged for dealing in liquor without a licence. Six male suspects were also charged for being in possession of small quantities of dagga. One person was arrested for murder and four for housebreaking,” said Wiid.

She added that in many criminal cases, such as assault, rape and murder, liquor has been found to be a contributing factor.

“While performing their duty to protect and serve the community, police members were in danger of tripping over illegal electricity cables running through the settlement. This complicated their tasks, but will not stop police from carrying out their duties,” she said.

Major General Nxamagele complimented the members for assisting in the operation. – Supplied.


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