West Rand neighbourhood watches achieve various successes

AfriForum’s neighbourhood watches in Randfontein, Roodepoort and Krugersdorp executed various arrests during this past long weekend in cooperation with members of the West Rand SAPS, K9 unit and security companies.

This follows after the SAPS on 8 August 2020 approached the neighbourhood watches for assistance with an ambush that was planned to arrest an alleged drug dealer. Various drugs were found on the suspect and the suspect’s cell phone and vehicle were also confiscated.

The neighbourhood watches arrested three more suspects on the same day for cable theft. The SAPS was on the scene shortly thereafter and confiscated the copper cables of which the value has not yet been determined.

The West Rand neighbourhood watches were then once again deployed to help the SAPS in Magaliesburg and Roodepoort search for two missing persons. The one person was tracked down on Monday morning after the location of the person was determined by means of following up various leads and information. The other person is presumably involved with using and dealing drugs and even though the neighbourhood watches searched various drug houses in cooperation with the SAPS, the person has not yet been traced.

According to Llewellynn Hemmens, AfriForum’s Provincial Safety Coordinator for the northern region, these actions were purposefully planned and executed in cooperation with the local police.

“These successes serve as proof that different role-players can indeed work together to achieve a goal. It does however require perseverance and good leadership and I would like to thank the neighbourhood watches for their hard work and good cooperation with the SAPS and other safety role-players,” says Hemmens.

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