Police in Nyanga Cluster is constantly busy clamping down on criminals. Intensive patrols, “ stop and searching’’ of suspicious persons , regular raiding of houses especially the houses of those identified as targets contributing to the high crime rate for illegal guns, drugs , stolen goods, wanted suspects and shebeens are the order of the day.
A total of 168 Suspects were arrested for drug related crimes the past week. Clamping down on 63 shebeens resulted in the confiscation of 1424.45 litres of alcohol and 24 arrests on liquor related charges. 15 Suspects appeared in court for the illegal possession of firearms as 12 illegal firearms and ammunition were confiscated this past week.
Crime against woman and children is a priority crime and is highly addressed by the SAPS; 44 suspects were arrested for crimes against woman and children. Several other suspects appeared in court after they were arrested on charges of robbery, theft, burglary and attempted murder. Police is appealing to the public not to buy stolen goods as it in itself is a crime and creates a market where people, especially the drug addicts, will continue to steal and rob from others.
The Nyanga Cluster detectives had eight tracing operations which amounted to 33 wanted suspects arrested. Two roadblocks were also conducted which resulted in 69 fines being issued amounting to R47 600.00 in total with 18 subsequent arrests. 10 Stolen vehicles were recovered and 136 Vehicle Check Points was conducted throughout the Cluster.
A total of 13 Second hand goods premises were visited in the Nyanga Cluster with one Counterfeit goods operation conducted.
The Acting Cluster Commander of Nyanga Brigadier Andre Van Dyk commended the members for their dedication towards fighting crime. Brigadier Andre Van Dyk also mentioned that members under his command remain dedicated and positive and will continue building their trust in the communities and working together towards a safer environment. Committed police members as well as community members have his full support in structural measures to reduce crime. All members of the community are urged to join the community structures in their respective place of residence. Anyone with information can also call the police at Crime Stop at 08600 10111 or their local police stations. All information will be treated as highly confidential.