The National Commissioner of SAPS, General Fannie Masemola led a drug destruction process where five tons of drugs worth R550 million were destroyed. These are drugs that were confiscated during police operations in six provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Free State, Gauteng, North West and Mpumalanga. They include cocaine, heroin, mandrax and cannabis. This is the fifth drug destruction process in this financial year. In this financial year alone, more than one billion rand worth of drugs have been destroyed. In the 2022/2023 financial year, 6 tons of drugs were seized and destroyed with a value of R2 billion.
From October to date, police have INTERCEPTED four massive drug consignments. Three were in Durban while one was in Gqeberha. It is worth noting that Cocaine valued at more than R365 million was seized during these drug busts. The most recent massive drug bust was on the, 4th December 2023, at the Durban Harbour where 433 blocks of cocaine with a street value of R151 million was intercepted and found disguised in meat boxes. Just last week, R90 million worth of drugs seized during operations in the Eastern and Western Cape provinces were destroyed in Cape Town. General Masemola says 131 clandestine laboratories have been shut down by police since 2019.
“Our members are working hard to remove drugs off our streets as they are able to intercept drugs coming into the country and within our country and that speaks to the capabilities of our crime intelligence and vigilance of our operational members. We also appreciate the tips offs from community members that we continue to receive that assist us in intercepting these drugs. During the festive season alone, more than 19 000 suspects were arrested for being in possession of drugs. We will continue to do our best to deal decisively with drug dealers and peddlers”, said Gen Masemola. These recent drug destruction processes demonstrates the relentless efforts of our men and women in blue in removing these drugs off our streets that destroy lives and livelihoods.
Some of the drugs that were destroyed include those that were seized during the following drug busts:
▶️A Durban Harbour case where 700kg of cannabis worth a street value of R21 million was seized
▶️A Durban harbour case where 530 kg of cocaine worth an estimated street value of R185 million was seized
▶️A Durban Harbour case where 223 kg tablets containing Fenethyllin which is a nervous system stimulant worth R17,5 million was seized
▶️652kg of Mandrax tablets worth R98 million which were confiscated at a clandestine laboratory
▶️Heroine worth a street value of R28 million where vehicles travelling from Mozambique to SA were stopped and searched and the heroine was found concealed in the vehicle compartments. One accused was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment.
▶️Drugs confiscated at OR TAMBO International Airport worth R17 million
Through Operation Shanela, Members of the SAPS continue to make it difficult for criminals to operate by sniffing them out from every corner of this country.