Police visit almost 900 spaza shops

2015-07-14 06:01

A total of 234 suspects have been arrested in connection with various crimes in the Mitchell’s Plain police cluster over the past week.

A further 29 wanted suspects were arrested during 11 tracing operations.

Other operations included 18 second-hand goods shops and 854 spaza shops visited.

“Police are constantly clamping down on criminals through intensive patrols, stop and searches of suspicious persons, regular raiding of houses – especially the houses of those identified as targets contributing to the high crime rate for illegal guns, drugs, stolen goods, wanted suspects and shebeens,” says acting police cluster spokesperson Sergeant Zita Norman.

Drug arrests amounted to 206 suspects and 71 drug houses were searched.

Further raids at six shebeens also resulted in the confiscation of more than 34 000F of alcohol.

Nine men were also arrested for illegal possession of a firearm and six firearms were confiscated.

“Crime against women and children is a priority crime and is highly addressed by police,” says Norman. Eight suspects were arrested for domestic violence and abuse and 112 cases were reported.

Police also clamped down on traffic violations, issuing six fines to the value of R9 500. Three stolen cars were recovered.


Anyone with information on criminal activities are urged to call CrimeStop on 08600 10111 or their local police stations. All information will be treated as highly confidential

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