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2023/05/31      |  Written By:  Warrant Officer N Filander   |   Province:  Western Cape

Mfuleni SAPS, 28 May 2013: Mfuleni SAPS has achieved notable success in their ongoing efforts to combat crime within the Mfuleni policing precinct. Over the past weekend, a high-density operation involving a large contingent of SAPS and LEAP officials was executed with remarkable results. This operation targeted key crime hotspots, focusing on addressing car hijackings, murder, house robberies, drug and gang activities.

The operation, conducted on Friday, 26 May and Saturday, 27 May 2023, saw the deployment of dedicated teams who employed a range of proactive strategies. Stop and searches were carried out on individuals and vehicles in and around Tokwana and Nqubelani Streets, effectively deterring criminal activity and apprehending suspects.

The operation also prioritized tackling hijacking routes based on comprehensive crime analysis, curbing housebreakings, and taking decisive action against illegal liquor outlets. Several spaza shops and taverns operating beyond their permitted hours or in contravention of loadshedding regulations were closed down. Furthermore, law enforcement targeted identified drug and liquor outlets, ensuring their disruption and dismantling.

During loadshedding periods, the high density team executed intensive blue-light patrols in the identified crime hotspots. This proactive measure bolstered public safety and provided a strong deterrent against criminal activities.

Areas such as Wesbank, Happy Valley, Bardale, Driftsands, Parliament and Minister Street, Extensions 4, 5, 6, and New Beginning were also the focus of the operation. Search warrants were executed at numerous identified drug and gang houses, further disrupting criminal networks and seizing illegal substances.

The commitment and dedication of our officers yielded significant results during the operation. On Friday, 26 May, a 46-year-old male was apprehended in the Covid informal settlement for dealing in liquor without a license. A large quantity of liquor was confiscated as evidence. Additionally, a 26-year-old male was arrested in the same settlement for the possession of a substantial amount of dagga with an unknown street value. The individual was also found in possession of a stolen flat screen television, copper cables, and a weighing scale suspected to be related to stolen property.

The arrested suspects are expected to appear in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s court once they have been formally charged. The Mfuleni SAPS station commander, Brigadier Fana Dlamini, expressed his appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the SAPS and LEAP members involved in the operation. He commended their efforts in safeguarding the community and sent a strong warning to criminals that their days are numbered in the Mfuleni policing precinct.

Mfuleni SAPS remains committed to the safety and security of its residents. Through ongoing operations and strategic interventions, we will continue to proactively address crime and create a safer environment for all.

Note: Abbreviation LEAP - Law Enforcement Advancement Plan.


Stop and searches were carried out on individuals and vehicles