Police hunt criminals

2016-05-26 06:00
 Five hijackers were arrested by police in Khayelitsha following a midday shoot-out with the police. There were no injuries and all culprits were nabbed.

Five hijackers were arrested by police in Khayelitsha following a midday shoot-out with the police. There were no injuries and all culprits were nabbed.

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Police condemned an act of vigilantism following the killing of a 20-year-old man who was burnt alive in Philippi East Island on Friday.

The man was wanted by the police for robbery and a warrant of arrest had been issued, however abahlali got to him first.

There were reports in the media of people taking photos of themselves with the man as he burnt to death.

Western Cape police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said “circumstances surrounding the death of an unidentified man, who was stoned and burnt to death, are under investigation. We’ve opened a murder case for further investigation”.

Meanwhile police in the Nyanga cluster consisting of Nyanga, Gugulethu, Bishop Lavis, Manenberg, Philippi-East and Elsies River police stations embarked on tracing operations over the weekend.

This resulted in close to 90 suspects being traced and brought to book.

“During the entire week more than 600 people were arrested, with 10 firearms being confiscated, including 6x9mm, 1x.38 Special, 1x6mm and 2xrevolvers,” said the police spokesperson.

He said that they have also established that drugs such as tik were still a problem in the area and Woonga use was also growing. Woonga is a deadly concoction made up of various elements like rat poison, detergent and ARV’s, which are HIV/Aids medication.

“Arrests for the possession of drugs and dagga were made by police and around 350 people were found in possession, as follows: 523.75 units of Mandrax, 13 units of Cocaine, 6192 units of dagga, 351 units of Tik and 121 units of heroin. A total of 116 houses were searched for drugs.

There were also domestic violence cases and about 123 incidents were reported and 33 arrests made on various occasions,” he added.

Van Wyk said that they also targeted shebeens and Spaza shops. “A total of 65 operations were executed targeting illegal liquor outlets, with 15 people arrested and 1066.44 litres of alcohol confiscated. About 1 782 spaza shops were visited and nine people were arrested.

Sixteen 16 operations were conducted for tracing suspects and the outcome of those operations was that 78 suspects were arrested while more suspects were arrested during a day to day operations,” he concluded.

Meanwhile five hijackers were nabbed in Khayelitsha on the same day.

“The culprits were arrested by the Western Cape Flying Squad and Cape Town K9 Unit after they received information from the Provincial Command Centre of a hi-jacked vehicle and conducted patrols in Khayelitsha,” The car was spotted in Harare, Khayelitsha and the men in blue pounced. The suspects, aged between 26 and 35 ,opened fire on police but they were apprehended with no injuries reported.

The five arrested men, from Khayelitsha and Kraaifontein are to appear in Khayelitsha Magistrates Court once charged


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