Gauteng police on high alert in Rosettenville

Police are concentrating on all suspected shebeens & brothels in Rosettenville after a weekend of violence.

Police make their presence known in Rosettenville following violent protests. Picture: Pelane Phakgadi/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng police say they are concentrating on all suspected shebeens and brothels in Rosettenville after a weekend of violence in the area.

Around 10 houses, which resident claim are used by drug lords, were destroyed.

Eight people were arrested in a police raid on Sunday.

Police went from shebeen to shebeen, closing down premises operating without licenses.

Foreign nationals without documentations were also arrested.

The police’s Kay Makhubela says the raids were a success.

“We managed to arrest eight suspects for possession of drugs and illegal immigrants.”

Makhubela says their presence in the area will continue.

“We’ll continue until the situation is stabilised.”

He has called on residents to refrain from burning any more houses and let the police deal with criminals.

Makhubela says they will continue with their operations until total calm has been restored.

“There will be more arrests as the operation continues and we’re still going to make sure that those who are involved in the burning of the houses are arrested as well.”

Following the raids, calm was restored in the area.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)