Based on information currently at our disposal, we are advised that following a community tip-off the crew on 19 July 2023 attended to a drug bust in Katlehong and did so in conjunction with community law enforcement groups, as is customary, that are recognised by the local SAPS.
It is our understanding that the information received by the crew and the local community groups was credible and verifiable.
We understand that during the bust, which was conducted within the confines of the law, the suspected drug dealer, now the deceased, who is now known as Robert "Kicks' Varrie resisted to cooperate with the lawful instructions of the recognised members of the community policing forum, who were dressed in their uniforms and had their credentials. Following persistence by the members of the community policing forum, the deceased agreed to hand over the illegal drugs that he had been hiding at the premises.
Whilst Moja LOVE can confirm that the crew was within the vicinity of the premises when the deceased was being questioned, the channel is still investigating the circumstances that led to the deceased having to be allegedly rushed to hospital. We will wait for the official autopsy results for cause of death.
The show continues to work with law enforcement agencies and in each of the shows, case numbers are shared including that the suspects are or were handed over to the authorities for further investigations and legal processes.
The channel will cooperate with any investigations that may be initiated and it sends its condolences to the deceased's family. The channel is also offering the crew and any other interested individuals counselling assistance following news of the deceased.