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2022/06/07      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel N Gwala   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

DURBAN: 7 June 2022 – With the rise in contact crimes in the province, police continued with efforts to ensure that the perpetrators of crime are brought to book. During the month of May, police operations were intensified across the province to eradicate crime and to recover the illegal firearms in the hands of criminals.

As from 1 May until 31 May 2022, 9312 perpetrators were arrested for various crimes. This includes 195 suspects who were arrested for murder, 124 for attempted murder, 231 for rape, 1844 for assault, 33 for carjacking, 231 for burglary, 288 for malicious damage to property, 289 for driving under the influence of liquor, 322 for robberies and 24 for stock theft. Police seized a large quantity of stolen vehicles, vehicle parts and motorcycles.

During this period, police issued traffic fines to those who are failing to adhere to the National Road Traffic Act, whilst second hand goods dealers were charged for failing to comply with the Second Hands Goods Act as well as municipal bylaws. Police recovered large amounts of drugs, dangerous weapons, house breaking implements and cattle during these operations. Police seized 338 firearms, which included 282 handguns, 33 rifles, 13 shotguns, and other firearms. Ammunition amounting to 3297 were also seized during police operations.

We urge communities to become actively involved in Community Police Forums so that they can play a constructive role in ridding their neighbourhoods of criminals. Citizens who may have information that can assist in solving crimes are requested to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or utilise the MYSAPS app.