MEDIA RELEASE
 
26 April 2016
 
For Immediate Release
 
Mayor Hails Police Operation at Glebelands
 
EThekwini Mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo, has applauded a multi-disciplinary operation conducted by the South African Police Services (SAPS) at the Glebelands Community Residential Units (CRU) and surrounding areas over the weekend of 22-23 April.
 
The raid follows a task team, led by MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu, that was formed to look into the issues of Glebelands. The team involves Provincial departments, eThekwini Municipality and the SAPS.
 
The operation was one of the interventions aimed at ridding the Glebelands area off rampant criminality resulting from on-going conflicts between factions in the hostel.
 
The latest victim in the Glebelands killings is Councillor Zodwa Sibiya who was shot and killed by unknown gunmen on April 16. Sibiya was a PR Councillor in the Bluff area and was known as a staunch proponent of peace.
 
“We have learnt that an operation was carried out by police at Glebelands and a man who was wanted for attempted murder was arrested. This is a positive start of many developments to happen,” said Nxumalo.
 
Police said that the arrested suspect was wanted for shooting and seriously wounding a resident at the Glebelands CRU in June 2015.
Cllr Nxumalo added: “The situation at Glebelands is taking us back to the era of violence before the democratic dispensation in 1994. We have a mandate to protect residents and to make sure that peace returns in the area.”
 
Two other suspects were also arrested for dealing in liquor without a licence which resulted in their stock being confiscated. Other arrests effected during the operation included ten suspects for driving while under the influence of alcohol, four suspects for public violence and two suspects for robbery.
 
Also during the operation five vehicles suspected to have been stolen were recovered. while on the task police received a report of a robbery in progress. Police spotted the suspects who opened fire on SAPS members whilst fleeing. In the ensuing gun battle one of the suspects was shot and wounded. He was arrested and taken to hospital where he remains under police guard. A 9mm pistol was recovered from the suspect.
 
During the past two years, police have been deployed at Glebelands to quell the violence. Numerous arrests were made. This includes eight people that have been arrested for murders and six for attempted murders.
 
In the same period, police have also recovered 43 rifles and handguns as well as 550 rounds of ammunition. Detectives remain determined to continue with investigations into criminality by residents living in the CRU.
 
KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner, Lieutenant Mmamonnye Ngobeni, said the police remained committed to the tasks assigned to them and would sustain efforts to secure Glebelands and other crime infested areas.
ENDS
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s spokesperson, Thulani Mbatha.
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