More police deployed in Umlazi

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Police have deployed additional manpower in Umlazi, Durban, to ensure that the law is upheld ahead of a funeral of a well-known hijacker this weekend. 

Last week, the alleged hijacking mastermind Sandile Eugene “Chillies” Bhengu of Umlazi, was killed during a shoot-out when police apprehended him and two other suspects.

After his death revengeful criminals have taken to social media vowing to avenge the death of their friends.

Videos on social media show cars doing wheelies and firearms being fired, allegedly as part of giving him a hero’s send-off.

According to KZN police, the threats made also warn of more crime, such as carjackings and theft of motor vehicles to take place.

Umlazi station commissioner Brigadier Bongi Ntuli said they cannot allow lawlessness and disrespectful threats to challenge the arm of the law and create fear among citizens.

“Such a threat is a direct attack on our government. Umlazi SAPS will not be intimidated by threats from criminals.

“The SAPS commits themselves to the creation of a safe and secure environment for all residents of Umlazi. In order to do so and with integrity, the SAPS will render a responsible and effective service which is accessible to every person in Umlazi and will continually strive towards improving our service and ensuring that our residents live in peace and without fear!” she said on Tuesday.

The police went on to caution residents of Umlazi to be vigilant at all times and encouraged immediate reporting of vehicles that participate in spinning on public roads in Umlazi and firing of shots in the air.

Ntuli said this will not be tolerated as it is dangerous for residents.

“We are also committed to protect their property at all times. United we will stand, with law abiding residents in Umlazi, to ensure their children feel safe and secure. Together we will not allow rebellious criminals to create fear and lawlessness in Umlazi. We are committed to our community!”

The residents have been urged to contact 08600 10111 to report any unusual activity noticed or any information that would be beneficial to ensuring the safety of all citizens and its law enforcers. - SAnews.gov.za

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