Weekend blitz nets criminals

2016-10-13 06:00

Police arrested more than 460 suspects during a Khayelitsha Cluster raid at the weekend in sting operations.

The Khayelitsha Cluster includes Khayelitsha, Harare, Lingelethu-West, Macassar, Somerset West, Strand, Lwandle and Gordon’s Bay SAPS.

The suspects were arrested for various crimes including murder, attempted murder, hijacking, business robbery, illegal possession of firearms, defeating the ends of justice, prostitution and driving while under the influence liquor.

An attempted murder case was opened in Strand SAPS after a 14 year old youth had been shot.

The incident took place on 5 October, but the suspect managed to flee from the scene until Friday 7 October.

The suspect was caught with three other men who are suspected to have helped him to evade arrest.

The three were arrested for defeating the ends of justice.

In a separate incident in Khayelitsha, a complainant, who is a policeman, was on duty on 2016-10-08 at about 03:55, when he noticed a man with a firearm.

He called for backup and a 24 year old man was arrested for possession and pointing of a firearm, which was later found to be toy gun. Two men were also arrested for a hijacking that took place in Gordon’s Bay. On 2016-10-08 at 21:30 the complainant was parked on the coastal road with his friends when five men approached his vehicle and forced them to drive with him and the other suspects. Along the road the complainant fought back and managed to flee, and the other victims also got away.

Two suspects in this case were later arrested in the Strand area.

In another separate incident on 2016-10-06 at 19:30 police members from Harare SAPS were on patrol, doing stop and search operations, when a suspicious man just took off and started running away from police. Members chased after him and saw him taking out something and throwing it away. They found that it was a loaded firearm. The 23 year old suspect was arrested for the illegal possession of a firearm and will make his first court appearance today(Monday, 2016-10-10).

The last incident should serve as a warning to all those who drink liquor and get behind the steering wheel of a car. Between last night, Saturday 2016-10-08 and the early hours of Sunday morning, 27 suspects have been arrested for driving while under the influence of liquor, during an operation that was held by SAPS members and other law enforcement agencies.

Would-be drunk drivers can be assured that this is not the first operation of its kind, and it will not be the last.

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