Safety operations a success

2019-06-11 06:00

The City of Cape Town is strengthening its efforts to ensure the safety of its residents.

In a statement released last week, the City said numerous arrests were made in various areas across the city. The arrests were made when the City conducted safety operations on Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June.

A taxi driver from Nyanga with many outstanding warrants was arrested in Sea Point on that Sunday.

“Officers were busy doing an illegal street racing operation in the area when they pulled over the vehicle. The suspect has 44 outstanding warrants, valued at R97 350,” the statement revealed.

During the same operation, officers also arrested three other motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol. ...of what?

Cape Town Traffic Service arrested a total of 77 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol, outstanding warrants, reckless and negligent driving, fraud, intimidation and failing to comply with a lawful instruction,” read the statement.

Officers impounded 129 minibus and sedan taxis for not having valid operating licences or operating in contravention of the conditions of their operating licences. To add on that 4 520 fines were issued for various transgressions, the statement read

Metro Police Department arrested nine suspects for various crimes, including the illegal possession of drugs, dangerous weapons and domestic violence.

Arrests were also recorded in an operation in Phillipi on Friday 30 May where officers arrested five suspects between the ages of 20 and 30 and confiscated an imitation firearm, two knives and a small quantity of crushed Mandrax tablets, said the statement.

On Wednesday 29 May, officers were conducting crime prevention patrols in Manenberg, when they spotted a man sitting on the pavement. “They carried out a search and the K9 dog, Savage, sniffed out six bankies of tik, hidden beneath a patch of grass where the suspect was sitting. The 35-year-old was arrested and detained at Manenberg Police Station,” the statement read.

In another operation, in Hanover Park, officers arrested three suspects aged 24, 29 and 32 for possession of drugs during crime prevention patrols.

“Our Gang and Drug Task Team was also kept busy, responding to a number of shooting incidents in Hanover Park and Manenberg over the past few days. Some community members have raised a number of concerns such as the reaction times of police, which the City and province will raise with the police. One of the big concerns is the lack of response to ShotSpotter alerts, which have proven to be effective,” said the Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith.

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