Skollies in Mitchells Plain got a rude wake-up call yesterday morning as City cops pounced on well-known drug dens.
The operation, which kicked off at 5am, was conducted by officers of the Metro Police’s Gang and Drugs Task Team (GDTT).
At the first stop in Waterval Road in Tafelsig, officers got a skrik when they immediately came under attack from the family of two alleged members of the Junior Mafia Squad gang.
The group split in two and while some officers tried to gain entry to the main house, others are seen trying to access a backyard dwelling.
“Maak oop, maak oop! Tyd om wakker te skrik,” an officer shouts.
Several minutes go by with no response from those inside the house and officers then decide to kick through sinkplate.
“This is one of the main houses of the Junior Mafias where they sell their stuff from. If we wait they’re gonna flush that stuff,” another officer says.
They eventually gain access and immediately go to the backyard dwelling where a man, known only as Rasta, is vas aannie slaap. As officers begin to search the property, women in the main house run outside in pajamas and swirlkouse.
A woman, who identifies herself as the wife of one of the gangsters, shouts: “Dis alweer die ding. F***** ombeskof! Hy kom altyd hier om k** te maak. Die wit * *** gaan nog sien.”
The women and cops get involved in a woes bekgeveg, until Rasta is heard saying: “Mummy, los die meneer af, hy het mos nie vir die gekom nie. Jy weet mos hoekom hulle kom. Mummy! Hou op!”
Officers find several tik lollies and dagga pipes but no drugs.
They move onto another house in Boschendal Road in Westridge allegedly operated by the Nice Time Kids gang.
Here they arrest a 22-year-old alleged gang member found in possession of dagga and tik hidden in a chips pakkie.
A second team of officers sent to Strandfontein also arrested a man for mandrax.
Metro Police chief, Wayne le Roux, says it is not uncommon for officers to come under attack but the operations are done for the community.
“We call it disruptive policing and we spend weeks gathering info. These ops are held to heed the call of crying parents who are asking for help in curbing gang activities and drugs.
“We also place a focus on City rental stock being used by gangs and these ops help build up a profile for eviction.”