JOHANNESBURG, April 12 – South African police commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, vowed on Thursday that the police would “choke the supply of drugs” in communities and arrest all those who continue to manufacture illegal substances.
This comes after the police discovered what appears to be a drug laboratory in the early hours of Thursday at a house in Orlando West, Soweto, making a major breakthrough in the fight against the scourge of drugs even though no one was arrested.
Sitole praised the collaborative work between communities and the police, saying that it had led to this breakthrough and a number of arrests for drug-related crimes in Orlando in the past financial year.
“The community has played a commendable role in this intelligence-driven operation and that must be recognized as we continue to advocate for partnership policing. Arresting peddlers and runners is important, but we cannot overemphasize the even greater need to arrest and close down the actual manufacturers and suppliers,” Sitole said.
“Our members are hard at work since the discovery this morning and are still busy combing and processing the scene for more evidence. At this stage we have recovered tablets, powder, an unidentified solution and equipment that will be subjected to forensic processing to confirm identity, description and use.”
Sitole said that the evidence found was sufficient to warrant a criminal case being opened and that the police will be able to give the estimated value of the recovered drugs at a later stage.
He appealed to the neighbouring community or anyone who has information to come forward and report to the police on any further detail that could assist in concluding this case.
“The truth is, the house had been abandoned on our arrival, but that’s a discussion for another day. So we are on the lookout for suspects and we therefore need the public to assist us with apprehending the suspect or suspects,” Sitole said.