Durban - The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, has “dismantled” and “crippled” a number of high-profile gangs since last year.
It has also seized about R700-million worth of drugs and contraband with the help of communities.
In a written reply to a Parliamentary question, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the success rate was as a result of the Hawks’ probe into 11 criminal gangs countrywide.
He said the police also confiscated millions of rands worth of drugs and destroyed 360 million illegal cigarettes.
“Community support does play a vital role in providing information on criminal gangs. Members of the community report directly to the police or via mediums such as Drug Watch, Crime Stop, and the Public Service Commission hotline,” said Mthethwa in a written parliamentary reply.