THE iLembe SAPS Cluster Management team conducted a crime analysis during the festive season to identify and analyse patterns and trends in crime and disorder throughout the district. This is according to communication, liaison and marketing for the iLembe cluster Johannes Khoza who said the team which conducted the analysis was led by the cluster commander, major general M.R. Chirwa, his deputy brigadier Bheki Zondi and the rest of the cluster management team. "A task team comprised of station commanders from iLembe and led by captain Ngema was formed to keep criminals on their toes so that communities throughout the district could enjoy their festive season peacefully," Khoza said. He said the task team worked tirelessly throughout the festive season along with the KwaMsane SAPS TRT, MMTU, the uMhlali K9 Dog Unit, and members of the KwaDukuza Crime Prevention Unit and managed to recover 14 illegal firearms within the iLembe cluster. "Amongst the firearms recovered was one R5 rifle with 36 live rounds of ammunition, one 303 rifle with five live rounds of ammunition, two 9mm pistols, two magazines and one live round of ammunition, and one home-made revolver," Khoza said. He said a team of cluster detectives led by colonel lieutenant Bruwer recovered two shotguns which had no serial numbers and 25 live rounds of shotgun ammunition. Khoza said the cluster team also conducted an operation at Lot 14, KwaDukuza, during the festive season and recovered an unlicensed revolver with five live rounds of ammunition with the serial numbers erased on each one. "At Kwamqwadeni in Shakaville two unlicensed firearms with live rounds of ammunition were recovered and the team there also recovered a 7.65 9mm. The cluster team also conducted an operation in KwaMaphumulo in an area known as Emambhedweni where two 9mm star pistols were recovered as well as two magazines and six live rounds of 9mm ammunition," he said. He said during another operation during the festive season, the KwaDukuza Crime Prevention Unit stopped and searched a bakkie in the Melville area, KwaDukuza, and found an unlicensed 7.65 CZ with five live rounds of ammunition with the serial numbers erased on each one. Khoza said the cluster team and the KwaDukuza Crime Prevention Unit managed to recover a total of 26 firearms. "The recovery of these unlicensed firearms helps to prevent armed robberies, femicide, suicide, violent taxi feuds, faction fights, and murders," he said. He said there were 169 cases of drunk driving during the festive, and that the SAPS conducted 159 integrated multi-disciplinary road blocks within the iLembe Cluster. "218 illegal liquor outlets were shut down because the crime pattern analysis indicated that most crimes emanate from these outlets," he said. He said a total 81 illegal firearms were seized throughout the iLembe cluster, and that 831 arrests for possession of drugs were made, and that the total number of arrests made from 31 October to 31 December 2016 was 5014. Khoza said the cluster commander and the management team would like to thank members of the community for being on their best behaviour during the holidays. "Management would also like to thank members of the community who provided the police with information about unlicensed firearms, we urge them to continue doing so because the police cannot work in isolation, members of the community are our eyes and ears in their respective residential areas," Khoza said. Khoza said in future beachgoers should desist from bringing alcohol to the beach because they will be turned away without fail if they are in possession of alcohol.