During the Easter weekend, police within the Ethekwini Outer South Cluster in Umlazi together with Metro Police and the Road Traffic Inspectorate conducted multi-disciplinary operations aimed at preventing criminal activities, searching for wanted suspects and maintaining high police visibility at Glebelands hostel and areas within the cluster. Police were in full force conducting stop and search operations, searching for illegal firearms and other suspected stolen property.
Hostel residents were safe during the Easter weekend and no serious incidents reported in the hostel. A total of 32 suspects were arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms, possession of dagga, possession of drugs, possession of suspected stolen property, possession of dangerous weapons and driving under the influence of alcohol. Roadblocks were also held during the operations and a number of suspects were charged for traffic related offences. Similar operations will continue to ensure that the Umlazi communities are safe.
The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa commended police for ensuring that the Easter weekend was safe for residents and visitors. "Such operations will continue so that we can eradicate the presence of illegal firearms in the hostel that contribute to fatalities of innocent people. All firearms that are seized will be subjected to ballistic tests to establish whether they were used in the commission of pending cases at the hostel or any other crimes," he said.
Source: South African Police Service