Drug smugglers caught in Germiston neighbourhood watch’s net

The arrest of seven suspected drug smugglers and the confiscation of a significant amount of drugs by AfriForum’s Germiston neighbourhood watch over the weekend, sent a clear message to drug smugglers in this neighbourhood and emphasised that there is no place for drugs and other forms of criminality in this community.

On Sunday, neighbourhood watch members responded to an alleged incident of domestic violence where gunshots were heard. A victim was found at the scene with head and stab wounds to the back. A neighbourhood watch member investigated the scene and found that the suspects allegedly fled in a stolen vehicle. A team was mobilised to locate the suspects and the vehicle. During this investigation, a separate incident was reported the next day near one of the addresses monitored by the neighbourhood watch. The neighbourhood watch team acted immediately, in collaboration with the local security firm Mamba Security and SAPS Primrose, after which three suspects were arrested. The stolen vehicle was found and a large amount of drugs and weapons were seized. This swift action also led to the arrest of four more suspects by the police.

According to Jurie Ferreira, District Coordinator for AfriForum’s East Rand region, the excellent cooperation between the AfriForum neighbourhood watch, police and private security confirmed that communities must work together to achieve success in community safety. He also praised the neighbourhood watch’s purposeful actions, determination and excellent insight during the investigation.

The Germiston branch calls on the community to get involved and join their local safety structures. Cooperation between all stakeholders is of crucial importance to ensure a safer community.

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