Bheki Cele

At least 120 people have been arrested during various raids led by Police Minister Bheki Cele in Osizweni township in Newcastle on the northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Some of the people were arrested on Thursday while the majority of them were arrested during Saturday night’s raids.

Cele together with officers from various units outside Newcastle conducted Saturday night’s raid in an effort to root out crime in this area.

Residents of the township are being terrorised and there are violent crimes associated with gangsterism involving youth calling themselves Last Warnings and Juveniles.

Six people have been killed since July as a result of conflict between the gangs. Cele says this cannot be allowed to continue.

“They instructed us that we needed to clean this place we agreed with Provincial Commissioner that they will be operations here, we have been here since Thursday. We have run good operations where we got some number of our people on the ground. But as you see now, we got three roadblocks in different places simultaneously. Since we started 120 have already been arrested in the last two days. One major problem that we have to pursue here is the drug issue. We are finding a lot of drugs maybe this kind of gangsterism and this violence we see here comes from drugs.”

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