Drunk drivers, counterfeit goods keep police on their toes

2015-07-20 16:51


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Cape Town - A police officer and a member of the SA National Defence Force were among the 43 motorists suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol who were arrested at a roadblock in Mitchells Plain over the weekend.

City traffic officers had their hands full on Sunday manning the roadblock along Spine Road in the Mitchells Plain area, City Traffic Services said in a statement on Monday. Officers also issued 33 fines for various other offences.

"There have been instances where a single roadblock netted an average of 25 drunk drivers, but we haven’t seen anything like this in years. It is truly staggering and concerning how commonplace drunk driving is.

"We have a drinking problem in South Africa, but we continue to ignore the problem and knowingly allow drunk drivers to take to the streets until someone we know and love becomes a statistic," said the City’s mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith.

Counterfeit DVDs

Elsewhere across the city, 17 motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol - six of them during an operation focusing on illegal street racing in Sea Point on Saturday, which also led to an arrest for reckless and negligent driving and the issuing of 320 fines.

Other City Traffic Service successes included 16 taxis being impounded, 753 fines issued and six arrests made for possession of stolen property.

"The City’s Metro Police department hit pause on the operations of four suspects who were arrested for possession of 3 850 counterfeit DVDs worth R462 000 in terms of the Film and Publications Act.

Three of the men were arrested at the Bellville taxi rank. The fourth was found at a flat in the area in possession of manufacturing equipment, including computers, DVD writers and printers," Smith said.

He added that illegal DVD sales are commonplace around Cape Town.

Drug den in Parow

"This was really good work and I commend the officers for the breakthrough. Ultimately, however, counterfeit operations like these flourish because there is a demand for these products. So, I want to appeal to the public to stop supporting these illicit activities.

“Residents have a duty to help us deal with crime and it is time for people to start realising how their actions are contributing to the end result."

On Sunday, members of the Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team and the K9 Unit followed up on information about a well-known drug den in Parow, where officers found several possible stolen items in a safe, including cellphones and other digital devices. One suspect was arrested.

"While on scene, officers noticed a suspicious looking vehicle in the area and pulled over the driver who was found with 20 packets of tik in his possession."

Metro Police made 19 other arrests for various offences, including possession of stolen property, drugs and dangerous weapons.

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