One Criminal At A Time
One Criminal At A Time: Seven suspects were arrested this past weekend for being in possession of dagga. That was after police and community watch groups were hot on the heels of criminals over the past weekend, with three big operations taking place. The Kempton SAPS’s head of crime prevention and visible policing, Col Steven Moodley, led two operations, one on Friday between 7 am and 3 pm, and another one on Saturday night until 4 am on Sunday. On Friday afternoon until the following day, station commander Brig Bertha Kgoroba was joined by members of Kempton SAPS’ Crime Prevention Unit, neighbourhood watch and CPF members to embark on a stop and search operation to take down one criminal at a time.
In the first operation, two suspects were arrested for being in possession of drugs. One was found with crystal meth and the second with dagga. Two suspects were also arrested for the contravention of the second hand goods act. “A third suspect was arrested for being in possession of a stolen iPhone. The iPhone was linked to a Tembisa armed robbery which occurred on October 5,” Moodley said. In the second operation, led by Kgoroba, seven suspects were arrested for possession of weed. Another suspect (23) was arrested on Commissioner Street about half an hour later. The man was stopped while driving in his car. When he was searched, a plastic bag containing weed was found. Later, at a mini-supermarket on North Rand Road, a 31-year-old was caught with marijuana. “The purpose of the operations was to ensure that Kempton’s residents are safe from crime and our youth are not exposed to drug dealers. The operation yielded positive results due to the several arrests made,” Mtshali said. Moodley said he could already see the difference being made by the operations.