Cat and dagga found on pupils at local high school

A police officer searches learners at Rhodesfield Technical High during the operation, where drugs such as cat and weed were found.
A police officer searches learners at Rhodesfield Technical High during the operation, where drugs such as cat and weed were found.

LEARNERS at Rhodesfield Technical High got a surprise visit from police who conducted a random search on Friday morning.

The result? Packets of methcathinone (popularly known as cat) and dagga were found in possession of some learners. A pocketknife was also confiscated.

The random search was conducted as part of Kempton SAPS’ ongoing Operation Fiela, which has been running for the past few weeks.

Led by Lt-Col Robbie Roberts, who has been deployed as the head of the Vispol (Visible Police) Unit, the operation had been conducted to create police visibility and make criminals aware that the police were out in full force on the streets of Kempton.

The police were joined by Emer-G-Med’s Raps K9 Unit, who brought along their sniffer dogs to help them with the hunt for drugs.

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“Since February, we’ve been doing these surprise visits, which include random stop and searches and school visits. We want the community to see they can regain trust in police work.

But the police didn’t leave the school without a few words of warning and advice to the learners.

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Social crime prevention co-ordinator, Const Ntombifuthi Nhlabathi, gave a short motivational talk to learners, informing them of the dangers of drug abuse and encouraged them to stay away from narcotics.

Police then moved to the infamous West Street, where Roberts said it was like “a running match”. “They all fled and went into different directions when we arrived, but we will change our strategy to block them in the next time,” Roberts said.

Police checked for illegal traders and other shop owners selling illicit goods and contravening by-laws.

“Goods such as illegal cigarettes, counterfeit DVDs, illegal SIM cards and illegal cellphone pouches, among other things, were found,” said police spokesperson, Capt Jethro Mtshali.

Police warn that these random raids will continue and they are out in full force to keep the streets of Kempton Park safe.

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Nolwazi Dhlamini
Senior Journalist

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