SafetyFriday is the hash tag used by SAPS when they do operations in areas to combat crime. On Friday, 7 December, the SAPS units in and around Durban lead by the KwaZulu-Natal MEC of Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda, eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and the provincial CPF board, took it to the street and conducted stop and search operations in Albert Park and Whoonga Park.

The operations started off with a meeting at the police station on Broad Street and ended with a community engagement meeting held at Albert Park.

The campaign will still be rolled in other areas of eThekwini including the townships. Spokesperson for Department of Transport, Community Safety and Liasion, Mluleki Mntungwa said the operation was a huge success.
“Lead by the leaders, we started by searching building in the city for illegal weapons, drugs and all illegal substances and we found an illegal firearm at one of the flats in Albert Park with eight rounds of ammunition and also a number of foreign nationals who are in the country illegally, the correct procedures to deal with the finding were then followed,” said Mntungwa

He said the MEC and the mayor both agreed that the operations will ensure that visitors to the city and tourist destinations are safe and enjoy their holidays.

“In conclusion of the days operation, the MEC and the mayor addressed the CPF members, SAPS, Metros and the community urging them to squeeze the space for criminals in their respective communities. The operation continues,” concluded Mthungwa.