City staff attacked

2018-07-12 06:00

The City of Cape Town has condemned two attacks on their staff by criminals over the past weekend .

In one incident a Metro Police constable sustained a fractured foot and arm after being run over by the driver of a vehicle he was pursuing at the time.

In the second incident, one of the City’s traffic officers was left traumatised after being robbed at gunpoint of his service pistol and cellphone.

“He had been flagged down by the suspects under the pretext of needing directions,” said JP Smith, Mayco member for Safety and Security and Social Services.

He said the suspects in the incident involving the Metro Police officer have been arrested and the driver is facing an attempted murder charge.

“I call on the criminal justice system to mete out the harshest possible sentence as the driver attempted to run over a second Metro Police officer while trying to evade capture,” Smith said.

“It is also important to note that he had two minors in the vehicle with him of which the youngest was just three years old.

“As for the incident involving our traffic officer, the City has registered a criminal case and we are assisting the police as far as possible to bring those responsible to book. I appeal to anyone who might have information about this incident to please contact their nearest police station.”

Smith said these incidents are an indication of the danger City staff face on an all too regular basis, but despite this they continue to enforce the law and make arrests.
. In the past week, the Traffic Service and Metro Police Department arrested 149 suspects.

The Cape Town Traffic Service issued 2 306 fines and arrested 95 suspects on the roads, of which 72 were arrested for drunken driving. At a roadblock in
Bothasig on Sunday, 8 July, 10 drivers were left punch-drunk after being arrested for outstanding warrants.

The Ghost Squad, meanwhile, arrested a driver who crashed his vehicle on the N1 outgoing just before Sable Road. An officer observed the vehicle travelling in excess of 180 km/h and losing control just before the Sable Road off-ramp. The driver and female passenger were found to be in possession of tik and suspected of being under the influence of both alcohol and narcotics. The incident was captured by the officer’s dashboard camera.

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