Many South Africans are busy applauding the Hawks for job well done. The rate of crime in the country makes one wonder what the security agencies are actually being paid for.
An alarming amount of mandrax weighing over 330 kilograms has been seized in a residential house in Dobsonville‚ Soweto‚ on Tuesday afternoon.
The Cape Town Crime Intelligence unit working together with the Gauteng Hawks‚ responded to a tip off that led to the arrest of three people.
A 25-year-old man and two females were arrested when the police raided the home.
The Police took the man Dobsonville police station for interrogation. The two ladies have been detained elsewhere.
“Our police discovered a factory where drugs are made and it is alleged that these drugs are being manufactured here [because] we have seen machines and various powders so there is indeed a factory in this house which manufactures drugs‚” said Deputy National Commissioner Fannie Masemola.
The house‚ with a stainless steel gate with razor wire on top‚ has five outside rooms in the backyard where the drugs are being manufactured.
Journalists were taken on a tour of the premises where they saw gloves‚ 33 buckets‚ scales‚ containers of various shapes and sizes‚ sacks of finished products which were stacked in a bathroom in the backyard and tools such as hammers and chisels.
“The operation here was quite an elaborate operation. We found 330 kilograms of completed products of methaqualone (mandrax) and we also have a lot of other material that is here which hasn’t been processed and tested and the value of the content that is here cannot be estimated at this point in time as the scene is still being processed‚” said Gauteng head of Hawks Prince Mokoteli.
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula congratulated the officers who played a pivotal role in the Dobsonville drug bust and said they needed to be promoted for their sterling work.
“Salutations to our police officers who have worked very hard. This is what I mean when I talk about crime intelligence leading operations‚ not some va-va-voom that is untouchable. This is real crime intelligence because it’s not easy to detect this‚ you’ve got to apply your intelligence and be meticulous‚” Mbalula told journalists.
“These are the kind of police officers that the minister would like to recognize‚ promote and celebrate for a job well done. It’s a group of cops from all multi disciplinary approach that led to this‚” said Mbalula.
He urged the community members to be more vigilant about what their neighbours get up to because that may also lead to other arrests.