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12 May 2017

Drug Dealers have no Breathing Space in NW’ says MEC Motlhabane

The Bokone Bophirima Community Safety and Transport Management MEC, Dr Mpho Motlhabane applauded the South African Police Service (SAPS) for the recent successes in combating drug trafficking as well as a discovery of yet another drug laboratory in Maubane, near Madikwe, Motlhabane said the immediate arrests of the four suspected drug peddlers demonstrates the commitment of SAPS in dealing decisively with drugs and drug syndicates in the Province.

MEC Motlhabane, who arrived at the crime scene in Maubane, witnessed the arrest of these criminals. He applauded the police officers for the commendable work as the four people linked to a drug laboratory were handcuffed, locked into police vehicles and whisked away to the police station to be charged with committing this heinous crime.
The successful arrest of the suspects followed a crime intelligence-driven operation after information was received about suspicious activities taking place in an isolated hillside house.
During the arrests, police confiscated large pots, chemicals and other materials used to manufacture drugs estimated at a street value of R8 Million.
“This is yet another success in suffocating drug dealers in the Province. They must now start to realise and accept that they don’t have a breathing space here, in Bokone Bophirima.
With the dedication of our police and maintaining good working relations with our communities, we will continue relentlessly in our efforts of bringing down crime and putting criminals where they belong – behind bars.

“We applaud our police officers for a swift reaction and in the same vein wish to thank the community members for the tip-off. This is, indeed, a true and practical demonstration of the Saamwerk- Saamtrek philosophy at work, as espoused".
“Our five concretes are truly complementing one another and through Saamtrek-Saamwerk, we are succeeding in laying a good foundation for ACT.
This is a positive contribution towards the envisaged radical economic transformation of our Province and country at large,” said Motlhabane.
The discovery of this laboratory is the second major bust following the one that was discovered in October 2016 in Boons, were drugs worth R8 Million was confiscated.
In December 2016 too, two suspects were arrested in possession of dagga with an estimated value of R1.6 Million in Mmakau Village.
While in April two suspects were arrested for possession of drugs worth R70 million at Kopfontein Port of Entry.
"We indeed are, slowly but surely, winning the war; thanks to the vigilance of our communities, SAPS promptness and decisive reaction", concluded Motlhabane.

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