The Sydenham Heights area is notorious as a hotbed for drug-related activities and police swooped on the vicinity during a weekend raid, netting one suspect for being in possession of drugs.
Police spokesman, Lt/Col Thulani Zwane, confirmed the arrest and said, “On Saturday, 6 October 2018, police arrested a 36-year-old man who was in possession of drugs. He appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 8 October.” Police clamped down on the Sydenham Heights vicinity in search of drugs and illegal items.
The area has been spotlighted following several shooting incidents which have occurred, recently. Residents are living in fear as bullets seem to fly amidst the alleged drug turf war between rival gangs that brews within the Sydenham Heights area. Butcher Road residents scrambled for refuge as bullets whizzed in a drive-by shooting, last Thursday.
Sydenham Community Police Forum (CPF) communications officer, Satish Dhupelia, said the drug-related complaints within the Sydenham Heights sector have been reported to police over an extensive period of time.
“Certain areas in Sydenham is under siege of drug activities and residents are caught in the middle. Police are focusing on the issues at hand in the area but it is deemed that a specialised task team is needed to tackle the urgency of the situation. The shootings have brought to the fore the dire need for police intervention.
We have heard the reports of the ongoing drug turf wars in the area, the claims that a Cape Town gangster has been roped in to lend support to local gangs and police have acknowledged that there is some truth to the reports of such happenings which are being investigated,” Dhupelia said.
He added, “Amidst the drug turfwar complaints, it has emerged that residents have complained about police and alluded to allegations of corruption regarding some police officers. Residents and community members who have such claims are urged to bring these reports to the Sydenham CPF together with concrete proof. If persons can substantiate their allegations then we are more than willing to address such matters as the CPF is afterall, the voice of the community.”