Criminals’ days are numbered

2016-07-19 06:00
Brigadier Mmagauta Letsoalo, Major General Gregory Goss and Lieutenant Colonel Desmond Laing interact with residents of Hanover Park during the crime prevention operations on Friday afternoon.

Brigadier Mmagauta Letsoalo, Major General Gregory Goss and Lieutenant Colonel Desmond Laing interact with residents of Hanover Park during the crime prevention operations on Friday afternoon.

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Philippi police along with the tactical response team clamped down on crime in Hanover Park on Friday 15 July.

A joint operation was held as part of an ongoing crime operation in the area on Friday which focused on wanted criminals living or hiding in Hanover Park.

Philippi police spokesperson Captain Lance Goliath says last week marked no difference in the task of police as “they continued their fight against crime”.

The operation on Friday was also done in the presence of cluster commander Major General Abraham Gregory Goss.

“A large police delegation of police greeted residents of Hanover Park on Friday morning. Following a strategy of integrated approach members of metro police and law enforcement formed part of the police delegation.

“Since the beginning of this crime prevention operation no incidents of gang violence were reported throughout Hanover Park,” Goliath says.

Residents were happy to see police vehicles patrol the streets of Hanover Park shouting “dis reg, hou die gangsters warm (It’s right, keep the gangsters on their toes)”.

“High density patrols were done in the form of a convoy of police vehicles concentrating on areas which were mostly affected by gang violence and generating the most crime in Hanover Park. More than 50 people were searched on the streets during the patrols,” Goliath says.

He says police detectives were focussing on tracing suspects which resulted in the arrest of nine suspects, wanted for various crimes such as burglary, malicious damage of property and possession of drugs.

The suspects were set to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Monday 18 July.

Several drug outlets were identified and searched for illegal substances and objects, Goliath says.

“Police also responded to a tip-off regarding drug outlets from the community. A 24-year-old woman was arrested for possession of drugs when drugs with an estimated street value of R1500 and an undisclosed amount of cash were confiscated in Silica Walk,” he confirms.

These drugs include mandrax and dagga. The suspect also appeared in court on Monday 18 July.

Police presence was bumped up even more when at 14:00 police conducted a cordon and search in Derwent Court, Howick Court and Athburg Walk.

“A 24-year-old man was arrested for murder and attempted murder which occurred in Oribi Court last month. Several other suspects were also arrested for various crimes such as possession of drugs, child abuse and warrants of arrest,” he says.

Goliath explains that to apprehend drug trafficking and in search of illegal substances and wanted suspects, as well as offenders of the Road Traffic Act, police held a roadblock on Govan Mbeki Drive, Philippi, from 19:00 until late on Friday night.

“Under the command of the newly appointed deputy cluster commander Brigadier Mmagauta Letsoalo the following successes were achieved: an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol, an arrest for possession of drugs and fines to the value of R3 000 for driving with unlicensed motor vehicles,” Goliath says.

Goss says the operations in the area were tightened and intensified after gang violence and shootings flared up.

“We started this operation in the area two weeks ago and it has yielded great results so far. The operation was called after four people were shot and since then 18 arrests have been made. On Friday morning Athlone police station also apprehended four suspects from the Hanover Park area in their precinct,” Goss confirms.

He further adds since the operations kicked off in Hanover Park there have been no shootings in the area and gang violence has subsided.

“There have been no incidents since we intensified operations in the area. This will be an ongoing operation as police are now focussed on hardcore policing until such a time where ‘soft’ policing can take place,” he says.

Community police forum secretary Weldon Cameron says they are pleased with the operations conducted by the police.

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