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Cape Town Gang & Drug Task Team Receive DEA Training

Statement by Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille

The City of Cape Town actively encourages the creation of cooperative partnerships with the international community and stakeholders in order to boost knowledge sharing of best practice.

We believe in undertaking joint ventures in order to empower our staff and our communities. The ultimate objective of such partnerships is to improve the lives of Cape Town’s residents.

As part of our commitment to building a safe city, we have entered into international partnerships. These have allowed for training and models of best practice to be applied to improve our Safety and Security Directorate.

A partnership that we believe has been especially fruitful is one that we have fostered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States Department of Justice. They have extended an invitation for eight members of the Safety and Security Directorate’s Gang and Drug Task Team to attend an advanced drug agent course from 26 to 30 January 2015 at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Gaborone, Botswana.

The eight members of the City’s Safety and Security Directorate will be representing South Africa. There will also be representatives from Ghana, Namibia, Uganda and Botswana. We would like to express our gratitude to the United States Government for bearing the cost of our delegates’ travel, meals, accommodation and local transport.

The training course will further develop the knowledge and skills required for a law enforcement officer to initiate and develop a counter-drug investigation and to analyse information. The course will also introduce more advanced topics such as clandestine laboratories, diversion investigations, managing undercover operations, and controlled deliveries.

Our Safety and Security Directorate has received extensive training support from the DEA over the last four years. Our relationship with the DEA started in 2009, when five officials attended drug enforcement training in Botswana. In the last three years, 63 training opportunities have been provided through the following seminars:

  • Advanced Enforcement
  •  Basic and Advanced Drug Enforcement
  • Undercover and Surveillance Practical Applications
  • Chemical Diversion Investigation

In addition, in 2012 the DEA arranged for a chemical diversion specialist from Germany to assist the Safety and Security Directorate in Cape Town upon our request.

The United States Government has invested R10 million in our Metro Police Department through drug enforcement training, study tours to the United States, School Resource Officer training, and FBI management training.

We have already seen numerous improvements in operations from our Gang and Drug Task Team since they embarked on this training. During their most recent drug bust, the unit confiscated hashish, cocaine and two wine bottles filled with suspected liquid MDMA with a street value of more than R1 million. The suspects who were arrested are possibly linked to a European syndicate.

Another major drug bust took place less than two months ago, when Metro Police recovered tik to the value of R1,2 million in Maitland.

Our latest available statistics indicate that the Metro Police made 2 042 drug-related arrests and confiscated 43 020 units of narcotics during 2014.

These successes are the direct result of the intelligence-driven operations of the Gang and Drug Task Team, which can be attributed to the training that our officers have received from the DEA.

Through the effective use of resources and models of international best practice, the City has created an efficient and successful Metro Police service.

In the presence of Consul-General Teddy Taylor, we would like to thank the United States Government, and the DEA in particular, for their investment in our staff and, in turn, the lives of our residents.

To drug or not to drug?

Marijuana. Weed. Cannabis. Dagga. Same drug, same effects, same debate: should dagga be legalized? Marijuana has been around for ages, and now it is in every society in the world, including many schools. Even our own school. Known for its “high”, it has become extremely popular among teenagers. We all have friends who use it; in fact, it’s hard to find teenagers who don’t use it! As a teenager, I will give my naïve-16 year old opinion on some questions that are often thrown around about weed: Why do teenagers like marijuana so much?

In  my opinion,  teenagers are just bored beings who want something else to do other than their boring Maths homework, and of course the all-important; peer pressure. Marijuana has been glamorised in the media and entertainment industry by superstars from Justin Bieber to Lady Gaga. The sooner adults can accept that weed has become ‘cool’, the sooner we can actually get over it. Just take a look around your school and you will see it’s the ‘popular kids’ (as much as I hate that phrase) who talk about getting high all the time (like all the time) and the clean kids are seen as nerds. All these kids want to be “King Cannabis and Princess High”.

Zulpha Jones, a grade 11 student from Alexander Stinton high school, says dagga must be legalised! – Prepared Afrikaans Speech

Why are so many teens supporting the legalization of weed? There are teens who like marijuana so much that they would advocate for the legalisation of weed if they could. “Dude, weed has some really cool medicinal effects like pain relief, helping people with AIDS and cancer and whatnot!”  This is a quintessential argument of this group. This argument irks me. It really does irk me to my core. Not that it’s dishonest, I just feel that a lot of these teens, and adults, don’t really care about helping those people but are rather using the issue as an excuse for the legalisation of weed so that they can get high without worrying about legal consequences. Because the last time I checked, you are smoking weed to get high not to benefit your health. I’m not saying that these are not good reasons to further the research into the benefits of weed, but I believe that teens should just be honest with their intentions when making a case for the legalisation of weed.

After some serious weed discipline issues at our school, there have been tough ramifications and serious discipline strategies put in place to stop isolated incidents from turning into a problem. So why the tough consequences if weed isn’t “that bad”?  Are our teachers are over-reacting? Our teachers are discouraging us from using an illegal substance!Yes, they are over-reacting. Our teachers are stopping us from taking a drug with disputed long term medical effects! Yes, they are definitely over-reacting. Our teachers are stopping us from making a decision to do a psychoactive substance! Yes, they are most definitely over-reacting. Hopefully you have caught on the sarcasm by now.

“To Drug or not to drug?”, now that is the question. You are most likely going to be offered weed as a teen and it’s up to you to make an informed decision. Make sure you know the consequences of choosing to do and not do it and you are willing to take responsibility for your actions.


Written by Jude Wells, Grade 11

Daggafarian sentenced to 30 days imprisonment

Another successful week, of human right violations, for the South African police. Countless daggafarians arrested for having dagga in their possession.

In Uitenhage, Lonwabo Nyamende was sentenced to a R300 fine or 30 days imprisonment wholly suspended for three years for possession of dagga.

Meanwhile in Primrose police arrested two daggafarians, aged 19 and 21, during a stop-and-search operation in the Marathon informal settlement.

The officers noticed the two men acting “abnormally”, they were then stopped and searched.

They found dagga on both men and arrested them. They have since appeared in the Germiston Magistrates Court, where the case was postponed for plea and trial.

Two daggafarians arrested by Primrose police after officers noticed the two men acting abnormally.
Two daggafarians arrested by Primrose police after officers noticed the two men acting abnormally.

Nyanga police cluster in Cape Town searched 77 Houses for “drugs” in an a week long operation between Monday 17th November 2014 until Sunday 23rd November 2014.

The following drugs were confiscated in the operation:

63g of Heroin
442.39 units of Tik
72.75 Mandrax Tablets
54654.1g of Dagga
47 shebeen operations were conducted and 51 769.9 litres of liquor was confiscated






Two Men Caught Trying To Throw Dagga Over Prison Wall

Goodwood Correctional Services, in Cape Town, have lost count of how many times people have tried to throw dagga over the prison wall.

Early on Monday morning two men, aged 27 and 40, were arrested after they were noticed on live CCTV feed trying to throw three bottles full of dagga and 8 arms of dagga in a black plastic over the prison wall.

Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Wayne Theunis said the prison staff noticed movement on the security footage at about 01:30 in the morning “Upon investigation, they found the two” Theunis said.

According to Theunis the two men both have served time in Goodwood prison previously.

In September a prisoner was found with a large amount of dagga found after doing maintenance work with a staff member of the correctional facility.

Jo-ann Christians, communications manager at the Goodwood prison, confirmed the incident. “The suspects were caught red-handed just before they could throw the unauthorized items over the prison wall. The incident was prevented by alert officials, the latest CCTV technology and the support of the South African Police” she said.

“These types of incidents are not isolated, because people from the community are constantly trying to throw unauthorized items on the wall even with the intensive security measures, however we have control of the situation.” Christians added.

She also stated that they do not know who the recipient of the dagga was, but an investigation is underway.

TygerBurger – Dagga weer oor goodwood gevangenis se muur gegooi

Two women arrested for dagga worth R500 000

Captain Isaac van Niekerk and Sergeant Andries Binnedel pose over dagga worth R500 000, which was confiscated last week in a house in the suburb of Vredelust in Kuilsrivier, Cape Town.

According to Kuilsrivier-police spokesperson Captain Isaac van Niekerk the two foreign women were arrested at around 16:00 after a community member flagged down a patrolling police vehicle and alerted the officers of the dagga.

“The officers were in Zebra-close, Vredelust when a member of the community flagged the police vehicle to stop” said Isaac

The community member then shared that they have noticed a large sum of dagga being stored at a home in the close.

“The officers immediately followed up on the information and then raided & searched the pr