Tip-offs help police net criminals

27 August 2014

Tip-offs to the Crime Stop and Crime Line resulted in the arrest of 32 people in connection with suspected crimes during the month of July, the South African Police Service said on Tuesday.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale said the majority of the arrests were for the possession of and dealing in drugs such as dagga, cocaine, mandrax and crystal meth. Three people were arrested for dealing in drugs and 15 for being in possession of drugs.

Three others were arrested for fraud, three for contraventions in terms of selling liquor, and two for the importation of Schedule 6 substances without the necessary permit.

Makgale said medication worth approximately R1.5-million was seized at OR Tambo International Airport during this last arrest.

National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega thanked all citizens who heeded the call to become involved in the fight against crime.

“Any contribution, including making an anonymous tip-off via the Crime Stop or Crime Line numbers, is truly appreciated. No offence is too minor to report,” Phiyega said, adding: “A person involved in minor crimes could well turn to committing more serious and violent crimes.”

Crime Line head Yusuf Abramjee encouraged the public to continue blowing the whistle on crime, saying: “Tip-offs work. It is every citizen’s moral and civic obligation to speak out against crime and criminals.”

Abramjee added that the ongoing Crime Line and Crime Stop successes proved that “the role of the public in assisting police to fight crime is of principal importance”.

Tip-offs can be made anonymously via Crime Stop (0860 010 111) and Crime Line (SMS 32211).

Source: SAnews.gov.za