A two-week period in early March saw police arrest over two hundred suspects in connection with drug related crimes, specifically that of syndicates, according to Police Minister Bheki Cele.
He was responding to a Parliamentary question asked by Zandile Majozi of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).
The arrests were made by SA Police Service (SAPS) personnel attached to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DCPI), better known as the Hawks, and specialist Detective Service officers.
Hawks arrests totalled 63 with Gauteng topping the list of offenders on 37.
By contrast in the Democratic Alliance (DA) ruled Western Cape detectives nabbed 90 suspects in the same period with nine arrests in what is colloquially termed South Africa’s “Gangster Province”. There were nine detectives’ arrests in the country’s economic heartland.
Detectives in Eastern Cape, Free State and Mpumalanga did not arrest a single suspect in connection with drug related crimes in this fortnight. The Hawks also rated zero arrests in Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga, with all the Western Cape effort apparently put in by detectives with their 90 arrests compared to the zero of the SAPS elite unit.