Prasa trespassers arrested

2015-09-22 06:00
Woodstock police officers put one of the people arrested for trespassing on Prasa premises in a van following their operation on Thursday.

Woodstock police officers put one of the people arrested for trespassing on Prasa premises in a van following their operation on Thursday.

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At least 44 people were arrested within two hours for trespassing on the premises of the Passenger Rail Association of South Africa (PRASA) on Thursday morning.

The arrests came about after an integrated operation between Woodstock police, the City of Cape Town’s law enforcement officers and security officers based at the Woodstock Improvement District who targeted the hot spots around the Salt River and Woodstock railway stations where foreign nationals and locals were squatting on Prasa’s grounds.

There were 31 males and 13 females who were detained at the Woodstock Police Station. They were charged with trespassing and will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court soon.

The law enforcement contingent totalled 69 police, law enforcement and security officers. It was Prasa’s request that Woodstock police conduct regular operations to root out criminal elements from the area.

Sergeant Hilton Malila, Woodstock police communication officer, says the operation was held following complaints from residents and the business sector in Salt River and Woodstock. “Several businesses in the area had been burgled during the night and a lot of fences and buildings damaged over recent weeks. According to intelligence-driven information, people living in the shackland on Prasa’s premises and along the railway lines, were responsible for train and station robberies . They were also allegedly involved in drug trafficking and prostitution at all hours of the day and night.”

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