Almost 500 arrests in Mitchell’s Plain crime blitz

By Drum Digital
07 December 2015

By Ayanda Sitole

Residents in the Western Cape can feel a lot safer after The South African Police Service (SAPS) successfully arrested nearly 500 suspects in Mitchell’s Plain over the past week.

Police officers in Mitchell’s Plain Cluster clamped down on criminals in their policing precinct through various operations. A total of 79 houses were searched and 493 suspects were arrested for various crimes.

A total of 209 suspects were arrested on cases relating to the possession of drugs, including tik, heroin, mandrax and dagga. The suspects will appear in various courts on the drug related charges.

Police also clamped down on illegal liquor outlets: seven operations were held with three suspects arrested on liquor-related charges. Three Suspects were arrested for crimes against woman and children.

Police confiscated six firearms and arrested 13 suspects for the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, as well as possession of prohibited firearms.

On Thursday, 3 December, SAPS in Steenberg received information about a firearm at St Ambrose Street, Lavender Hill. Upon their arrival they found a Taurus pistol; 8 x 9mm rounds of ammunition; 1 x magazine and two waist belts. The serial number of the firearm has been filed off. The items were handed in at Steenberg as abandoned and no arrests were made.

On Sunday 29 November, an attempted hijacking was reported where a suspect fled the scene leaving a firearm behind. A pistol with no serial number was handed in on the attempted hijacking case.

A total of 26 suspects were also arrested on warrants for various crimes during tracing operations.

Most suspects also made their court appearances and some still have to make their appearances in a Magistrate’s Court after they were arrested on charges relating to possession of ammunition, assault, robbery, fraud, drunk driving, possession of suspected stolen property, housebreaking and theft, murder, armed robbery etc.

Constable Noloyiso Rwexana says police are engaging with their neighbourhood watches whilst patrolling in their respective areas. Street and court committees are actively involved in the continuous fight against crime.

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