Special police operation yields success

2018-07-24 06:01

Minister of police Bheki Cele has released statistics linked to a special three-month operation which has seen close to 300 officers deployed to crime hotspots in the Western Cape.

Operation Thunder, launched on Friday 11 May, has seen the deployment of 267 personnel from the Public Order Policing to the policing precincts of Mitchell’s Plain, Steenberg, Manenberg, Philippi, Bishop Lavis, Worcester, Ravensmead, Elsies River and Philippi East (“Cele back with a bang”, People’s Post, 22 May).

The official announcement was made on Tuesday 15 May at the Portland Indoor Centre, where Cele declared war on gangsters and drug peddlers in the areas.

“We are here to declare war on criminality. Cape Town is a tourist city, but we are not tourists. We are here to work,” he said.

The total arrests related to the Operation Thunder activities made from the Sunday 1 April to Saturday 30 June totalled 91 114 and 33 140 arrests in relation to community complaints and tip-offs­.

Police also confiscated 100 kg of dagga, 260 g of cocaine, 5k g of tik, 700 g of heroin, 5441 mandrax tablets, 994 bullets, 61 guns and 3242F of alcohol. These were partly achieved through 955 disruptive operations, 518 drug operations, undercover drug and liqour operations, 606 search warrants, 1598 tracing operations, 65 484 personal searches, 1668 drug house searches and 5961 car searches.

In the nine Operation Thunder stations there has been an increase in murder in Mitchell’s Plain, Bishop Lavis, Elsies River and Philippi East. These were addressed through various initiatives resulting in arrests and convictions of several people.

Tracing operations also assisted in the convictions which include a six-year sentence for illegal possession of a firearm. Another successful three year sentence for an illegal firearm, and another two men sentenced to five years each for the illegal possession of firearms in the area.

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