Mountain Rise task team successes

2012-11-20 00:00

WHILE Mountain Rise police cracked down on five suspects believed to be impersonating policemen at the weekend, members of the police station have already been successful in the fight against crime through the work of several task teams set up recently.

The first task team headed by Captain Pipes Haffajee focused on crimes such as house robberies, business robberies and carjacking.

This team also focused on serious and violent crimes including murder, attempted murder and robberies, making the following arrests:

• Robbery: 36

• Assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm: eight

• Murder: five

• Violation of protection order: five

• Rape: four

The second task team headed by Captain Mohamed Ashraff Gafoor focused on contact crimes and property crimes such as burglaries, theft from cars and fraud.

The following arrests were made:

• Housebreaking and theft: 60

• Possession of suspected stolen property: 17

• Theft of motor vehicles: 12

• Theft out of motor vehicles: 17

The third task team headed by Major Ansie Naude focused on drug and liquor related offences. Since the formation of the specialised task team, there has been an increase in the drug arrests, including the arrests of drug dealers operating in the Mountain Rise policing area. The conviction rates have also increased.

To report serious crimes, Captain Haffajee can be contacted on 033 387 9528 or 079 500 0264. For property crimes, Captain Gafoor can be contacted on 033 387 9630 or 083 780 1474, and for crimes relating to drugs or liquor, Major Naude can be contacted on 033 387 9690 or 082 723 1522.

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