Operation VUTHU HAWE sees 77 Arrested over Easter Weekend

By Lukhangele Mayende

Police have made countless arrests over the past Easter weekend following the VUTHU HAWE operation that was launched to monitor compliance on COVID 19 regulations by liquor outlets and profiling of drugs.

The operation mainly focused in Komani, Engcobo and Sterkstroom with seventy-seven (77) arrests made for various crimes.

Forty-four (44) of that number were arrests made for drunken driving with thirty-three (33) of the overall number being apprehended for Contravention of Disaster Management Act.

All arrested suspects are expected to appear at their respective Magistrate courts on Tuesday, April 6. Other suspects were issued with J534’s (fines issued).


In other crime related news, communities are warned about a new trend criminals are using to defraud unsuspecting victims.

In the cases that have been reported thus far in Port Alfred police station, the suspect calls and identifies himself as an individual working in a particular Bank Fraud Division.

He then states that a transaction has appeared on an account which appears suspicious and enquires from the victim if they have approved a transaction for a large amount of cash from their account, furnishing account details and when the victim replies in the negative, the caller informs the victim that he will reverse the charge if the victim can go onto their banking app.

Once the victim has logged onto their banking app, the suspect tells the victim to supply One Time Password (OTP) so that the transaction can be reversed. As soon as the OTP is given to the suspect, the suspect starts to transact on the account, increasing limits, adding beneficiaries and making payments and draining the account!

Police are urging everyone to remain vigilant at all times and not to respond and supply the OTP, as this is when the suspect has full control of one’s account.

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