On Friday afternoon, 3 March 2023, police officials from Newcastle SAPS, Osizweni SAPS, Madadeni SAPS and Charlestown SAPS, alongside teams from local security companies came together at the Amajuba District SAPS office.
Discussing the purpose of the day, Newcastle SAPS Station Commander, Brigadier Mvuleni Sangweni explained, “The main focus point of the operation is crime prevention, focussed on the Newcastle CBD, illegal liquor outlets, residential areas and drugs.”
Whereby the Brigadier further said that the team was concentrating on drug dealers and illegal alcohol outlets or outlets that didn’t abide by the proper legislation. “We want to clamp down on illegal drug dealing and the abuse of alcohol, as both contribute significantly to other crimes.”
With law enforcement and security officials working throughout the night, the team achieved multiple arrests, finding numerous people in possession of illegal and dangerous weapons, and illicit substances.
As a result, Brigadier Sangweni said that the operation would continue for the foreseeable future, with the SAPS monitoring follow-up investigations during the week and then following up in the respective areas where the arrests were made to ensure crime was squashed out of the Newcastle community.
The Amajuba District Commissioner, General Fred Alexander said that during the ongoing operations, it was important that local law enforcement showed no mercy to the criminal element and did not compromise on their ethics to ensure every resident in the Amajuba District felt safe.
“We must squeeze the criminal element out of the community,” he stressed.
With security officials and the SAPS hitting the Newcastle streets, taking an aggressive stance towards crime, and arresting multiple people in Newcastle, the message was clear, no longer would any crime be tolerated.
After spending time in Newcastle, the team made their way to Madadeni and Osizweni, where law enforcement continued with the initiative.
With further operations in store, the SAPS strongly warned all criminals to watch their backs, as they will be brought to task for their behaviour.
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