Cops keep festive target on gangs

2016-12-13 06:01
Manenberg police have embarked on their “festive operation lockdown”, which was rolled out at the beginning of last week.

Manenberg police have embarked on their “festive operation lockdown”, which was rolled out at the beginning of last week.

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With the festive period well underway, Manenberg police have embarked on their “festive operation lockdown”, which was rolled out at the beginning of last week.

The crime prevention operation will continue throughout the holiday period, with daily raids being carried out on identified problem houses and areas in Manenberg.

Captain Ian Bennett, spokesperson of Manenberg police, says the operation will focus on gangs and illegal activities, including drug abuse, illegal firearms and ammunition.

“The Manenberg policing precinct is known as a gang station and due to the ongoing gang conflict, hotspots were identified. People and addresses that are crime generators – these addresses were the targets of today’s operation,” said Bennett after Monday’s operation.

During Monday’s operation three people, aged between 31 and 34, were arrested.

One of the arrests was for the possession of dagga, another for not being able to give an account for an amount of money which was confiscated and the third person was wanted in an outstanding case.

“We would like to think that the operations take away the opportunity for committing crimes against women and children as well as economic crimes like house robberies, robberies and things like that. This is where we try to change people’s mindsets, to show that they need to stop with substance abuse. Substance abuse also has an effect on domestic violence.”

Meanwhile, Manenberg police station’s commander Brigadier Enolium Joseph has reiterated that “one shot is one shot too many”. He says he has committed himself to ensure that the Manenberg policing precinct remains saturated with police and other law enforcement officers.

“He continues to encourage the community to be part of policing efforts to combat crime in Manenberg, especially the gang ridden areas,” says Bennett.

V Anyone with information can call Manenberg police on 021 699 9400 or CrimeStop on 0860 010 111.

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