epa03445768 Alleged Italian born mafia member Vito Roberto Palazzolo, (C) is escorted by Thai prison officers as he arrives for the extradition trial at the Criminal Court in Bangkok, Thailand, 25 October 2012. Italian fugitive banker Palazzolo, a naturalized South African who is wanted by interpol and Italian police is accused of laundering money for Italian mobsters and implicated in the 'The Pizza Connection', a heroin and cocaine smuggling as well as a money laundering operation. He was arrested in Thailand and is now facing possible extradition to the US. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Durban - More than 100 people were arrested in a pre-festive season anti-crime crackdown by police at the weekend


Police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane, said 33 people were arrested for selling liquor without licences, 24 for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and 10 each for possession of dagga and theft.

Zwane said six people were arrested for robbery with aggravating circumstances and four for drunk driving.

“Three were arrested for murder in the KwaMashu and Inanda area. Others were arrested for possession of cocaine, kidnapping, malicious damage to property and housebreaking,” he said.

The targeted areas were Inanda, KwaMashu, Ntuzuma, Newlands East, Greenwood Park and Sydenham. The suspects were expected to appear in various courts on Monday.

Zwane said: “I commend the dedication of the Inanda [SAPS] cluster which conducted this operation to make the festive season safe for the community.

“The [police] commissioner has promised that there will be more sting operations in the province. There will also be an increase in roadblocks in the run-up to the festive season.”

A 27-year-old man was expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court after being arrested for hijacking in Newlands East.

Police allege that on Friday, two men approached a 40-year-old man who was parked at the side of the road in Newlands East and held him at gunpoint.

The suspects allegedly forced the man out of his bakkie and searched him. They allegedly robbed him of his firearm and fled in his car.

On Saturday, police in Malandela Road in KwaMashu saw the stolen vehicle.

“Police tried to stop the bakkie, but it sped off. A chase ensued towards the KwaMashu Men’s Hostel where one suspect jumped off and fled. Police managed to stop the vehicle and the driver was arrested,” Zwane said. - Daily News