THE HOMES of suspected Manenberg drug dealers and gang leaders were raided in an integrated operation involving the police and law enforcement yesterday as part of the Safer Festive Season Operation.
Three men were arrested and are due to appear in court. Police spokesman Captain FC Van Wyk said: “The five houses are known drug dens in Manenberg. The houses identified are alleged to be used for drugs and firearm storage.”
Van Wyk said while no firearms were recovered during the raids the police still made breakthroughs.
“We have had several successes, including the arrest of three men in separate incidents such as malicious damage to property and dagga possession. We have confiscated an undisclosed sum of cash.”
He said money confiscated from the raids would be sent to the Asset Forfeiture Unit. In most cases the officers arrived at the homes while the occupants were still asleep and carried out rigorous searches.
And while the officers believed the raids were successful, not all the residents of Manenberg agreed.
Shahieda Abrahams, whose daughter’s home was raided in Renoster Walk, said police entered the house without getting the permission of the homeowner.
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Reporter: Zodidi Dano
Pictures: Phando Jikelo