The establishment of the Provincial Integrated Vehicle Task Team yield results when they arrested 173 suspects for various crimes around the KZN province.
An integrated vehicle team comprising of the following entities, the South African Police Service, The Durban Metropolitan Police, The Department of Transport: Special Operations Directorate, and the only vehicle tracking company officially affiliated with the SAPS, Tracker Connect.
These operations started on 1 January 2013 until 31 December 2013 around the province with an aim of getting rid of illegal firearms, drugs and tracing wanted suspects and recovery of stolen vehicles. During the operation 670 vehicles, 29 firearms were recovered and 281 summonses were issued.
A total of 173 suspects were arrested for various crimes such as house robbery, theft of motor, possession of unlicensed firearms, armed robbery, and possession of drugs, murder, house breaking, and possession of stolen property, hijacking and other crimes. All the suspects appeared in various courts around the province.
Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner commended the members for the arrests and the recovery of firearms and stolen vehicles. ” This is a commendable achievement on the part of the members responsible for these arrests and recoveries. It indicates the dedication to fight and combat crime in all its forms,” she said.