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More than 100 suspects arrested during multi-disciplinary operation

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner KwaZulu-Natal


DURBAN – A joint operation was held from Friday, 5 August 2022 until late last night by various role players including various districts in the SAPS, Metropolitan Police, Department of Home Affairs, Customs and Department of Correctional Services.

The operation was conducted simultaneously at Durban North, Point, Durban Central, Umbilo, Greenwood Park and other areas within the Ethekwini District. The operation focused on drugs, illegal firearms, counterfeit goods, illegal liquor outlets, undocumented persons and offenders who have absconded their parole. A total of 115 suspects were arrested for various crimes including 54 for contravention of the Immigration Act, five for possession of drugs, six for non-compliance of the liquor act, 31 for road traffic offences and six for drinking in public. Municipal by-laws were also enforced during the operation.

During the operation, scrap metal dealers were also visited to check compliance in terms of the Second Hand Goods Act. The team proceeded to a scrap metal dealer in Greenwood Park and upon seeing the police officers, the owner fled his business premises. Police recovered copper pipes, copper cables and a railway control arm at the premises. The total value of the recovered property is R30 000-00. All liquor outlets were visited to check if they are complying with the Liquor Act. Three knives were also seized by police. Such operations will be ongoing across the province to curb acts of criminality and remove perpetrators of crime from our streets.


Lieutenant Colonel Nqobile Gwala
079 525 8062



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