Westbury crime – Police step up operations

South African Police Service

Westbury crime – Police step up operations
Westbury crime - Police step up operations

The recent spate of serious incidents in Westbury called for more deployments of different police units in the area to stabilise the situation.

The teams deployed in the area are making inroads in recovering unlicensed firearms and the arrest of drug dealers.

Four suspects were arrested in Westbury after they were found in possession of an unlicensed firearm, ammunition and drugs.

On 8 March 2023, the members of Sophiatown Crime Prevention Unit and members of National Intervention Unit as well as members of the Tactical Response Team received information about alleged illegal activities at a certain flat in Westbury.

Members swiftly acted on the information and upon searching the said flat, four men were found with an unlicensed firearm, six live ammunition as well as 49 zip lock plastic bags of crystal meth and 34 zip locks of dagga.

The arrested suspects are expected to appear before a Magistrates’ Court soon, facing charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm, live ammunition and dealing in drugs.

Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, reiterated his stance that the deployed members will leave no stone unturned to ensure that all those who continue to victimise the community of Westbury are put behind bars. “I am pleased with the successful operations in Westbury and the arrest of those who are in possession of unlicensed firearms that are used in the commission of serious and violent crimes. The teams will continue to patrol every street and every passage of Sophiatown until the area is stabilised,” said Lieutenant General Mawela.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service