With Osizweni coming under the national spotlight due to the grotesque amounts of public violence linked to gangsterism of late—the SAPS have been elevating policing within the community.
This has seen progressive developments, with the most recent noting a man being arrested in the Blaauwbosch area after he was found to be in possession of a 9mm pistol with eight live rounds of ammunition. This arrest plays a key role in combating violent crime, especially as Osizweni residents are pushing for better and safer neighbourhoods.
Violence between the child-based gangs escalated to the point whereby violent crime was affecting peoples’ liveability within the area.
The gang violence escalated to such an extent that the Police Minister, Bheki Cele, came to address the matter in November 2020.
Additionally, two men have been arrested for being in possession of narcotics. The first suspect was caught with 30 mandrax tablets, while the second was found with 28 parcels of heroin. As Captain Sipho Nkosi mentioned earlier this year, the peddling of drugs contributes to the gang violence in Osizweni. By targeting drug dealers, the SAPS are hoping to resolve the problem around gangs in the community by removing their source of income and protecting families from drug abuse.
While the Osizweni SAPS focus on successfully modifying the fate of their community, Newcastle police are focusing on people using the festive season as an opportunity to break into homes.
SAPS Corporate Communications and Liaison Officer, Lizzy Arumugam explains, “A Search Operation was conducted at Marconi Drive, Riverside Industrial, Newcastle. A suspect had a laptop and camera in his possession. When asked about the equipment, he failed to give an explanation and proof of documents.” The man was subsequently arrested for being in possession of the stolen property and further police investigations continue.
Arumugam is encouraging people to be careful when leaving their homes this festive season, as house robberies are a growing concern. She stresses Newcastillians should, “Enhance security through fitting access doors with security gates and install burglar bars on windows. Also, request neighbours keep an eye on your home when you go away for an extended period.
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Authors: Quinton Boucher and Calvin Swemmer
Edited: Calvin Swemmer