For months, communities have appealed for the re-establishment of a police unit to root out drug lords and bring an end to their reign of terror.
Sydenham community policing forum spokesperson Satish Dhupelia said he had been inundated with calls from residents following a series of shootings in recent weeks.
He said residents were concerned about a shooting that took place in Cowies Hill, west of Durban, last week, which was apparently linked to a murder in Sydenham at the beginning of the month.
Chadley Thring was shot dead outside a shop in Barns Road. A week later, Thring’s relative and another man - both Sydenham residents - were the targets of a drive-by shooting in Cowies Hill. Both survived the incident.