MASSIVE ROAD BLOCK ARRESTS IN THE SOUTH COAST
By: Nushera Raisa Soodyal
The South African Police Service in Scottburgh, Sawoti, Umzinto, Dududu and Msinsini held a road block in the south coast over the weekend.
The operation was coordinated by the operational officer, Warrant Officer Deena Govender of the Scottburgh SAPS.
“It was a cluster initiated operation set to deal with high levels of crime within the areas and to show that police have a zero tolerance against criminals who target out communities,” said Captain Lawrence Naidoo.
These forces worked in conjunction with officials of the Department of Home Affairs, SAPS Vehicle Identification Section (VIS), Park Rynie, Port Shepstone and Winklespruit Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) and Immigrations. An RTI official was also arrested after allegedly accepting a two hundred rand bribe.
Fortytwo immigrants who were undocumented were arrested and detained at the Scottburgh police station and four arrests were made for the unlawful possession of drugs.
The immigrants who were detained at the Scottburgh police station while immigration officials continued with their investigations, appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrates’ Court on Monday and currently remain in custody until they will be deported to their countries of origin.
A total of more than 20 kilograms of dagga (marijuana) was found and seized and a fifth person was arrested for drug dealing. A number of motorists were also charged for various traffic violations. Some motorists seemed pleased by the work done by the police.
“It is good to see that the police force is making their presence known so there will be less hijacking and crime especially in Durban and along the lower South Coast,” said Raj Parsad happily.