Crime clamp

2015-05-05 06:00

Police have vowed to continue their clampdown on drugs, gangsterism and illegal activities in the police precinct.

In recent operations throughout the Mitchell’s Plain Police Cluster, officers have arrested 243 suspects for charges relating to various crimes including the possession of illegal firearms, ammunition and drugs.

. On Tuesday 24 March at 16:30, Lentegeur police received information of drug sales in Cynthia Street, Montrose Park, confirms cluster spokesperson Sergeant Jerome Voegt.

“On officers’ arrival they stopped and searched a suspect and found 50 mandrax tablets. The 33-year-old man was arrested and appeared on Wednesday 25 March,” Voegt says.

. On Thursday 26 March at 16:30, Mitchell’s Plain police arrested a 20-year-old man for possession of ammunition in Erica Street, Tafelsig.

“Officers noticed four suspicious men standing at a bus stop. The suspects were searched and officers then found a magazine with 15 live 9mm rounds of ammunition in one of the suspects’ possession,”

. On Saturday 28 March at 05:35, officers were doing a routine crime prevention patrol when they arrested a 17-year-old boy for possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition in Olive Street, Eastridge. “The members stopped and searched the suspect and confiscated a 9mm pistol with 15 live rounds,” he says

Both suspects appeared in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrates Court on the related charges yesterday (Monday 30 March).

“Our duty is to serve and protect our communities. We recognise that we must therefore regularly account to the public about how we go about policing in partnership with communities therefore we urge the community to remain vigilant and to contact their respective sector commanders with information; and those who have not yet joined our structures to join us by becoming part of their street committees in their respective streets,” says Voegt on behalf of the police cluster management.

In an unrelated matter, officers are urgently seeking information on a body found on Lukanon Drive last week.

. Mitchell’s Plain police are requesting information from the community in identifying an unknown body.

On Thursday 19 March at 21:35, Mitchell’s Plain police received a complaint of a body that lay in Lukanon Drive, Rocklands.

The body had been found by a passer-by.

The deceased was naked and his body had several bruises.

A post-mortem was completed and due to the state of the decomposition the cause of death is unknown.

The deceased has a tattoo of an “anchor” on his left shoulder and a wristband on his left arm with the words “wish you were here”.

A murder case has been opened for further investigation.


Anyone with information about the identity of the man or information on the incident are urgently requested to call the investigating officer Warrant Officer Dedrick April on 084 516 7263

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