12 Apr 2018, Gauteng: The Police have made a major breakthrough in the fight against the scourge of drugs with the discovery this morning of what appears to be a drug laboratory at a house in Orlando West.
The breakthrough emanates from collaborative work between the Communities and the Police. The community has played a commendable role in this intelligence-driven operation and that must be recognised as we continue to advocate for partnership policing.
SAPS 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.
We will at a later stage be able to give further factual context in relation to the estimated value of the recovery. But what we have found is sufficient evidence to warrant a criminal case being opened.
The SAPS has a Constitutional mandate to ensure that our citizens are and feel safe and secure. Equally, our public has a moral responsibility to assist the Police in reporting any suspicious person and/or activities in their communities.
To date, we have been able to arrest a satisfactory number of suspects for drug-related crimes in Orlando in the past financial year, and this keeps us optimistic. The final and consolidated statistics will be released by our Minister later in the year, as per the norm.
Like alcohol or liquor, drugs are a serious crime generator as most crimes are committed to feed the habit and the illegal trade, crimes such as petty theft, robberies and even domestic violence.
Of utmost importance to us pending confirmation by the Courts, this breakthrough means we have been able to choke the supply of drugs. Arresting peddlers and runners is important, but we cannot overemphasize the even greater need to arrest and close down the actual manufacturers and suppliers.
SAPS is appealing 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.
SAPS is on the lookout for suspects and we therefore need the public to assist us with apprehending the suspect or suspects.
To the media, we continue to appeal to you to also partner with us in the fight against crime in general.
When the public reports crime to you, please report to us immediately. We should realise that the ultimate intention is to prioritise the fight to keep crime at its lowest levels.