28 arrested in Cape Town gangland swoop

2017-08-22 20:40
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Cape Town - A total of 28 people were arrested in a massive swoop by police and the National Prosecuting Authority around Cape Town on Tuesday, including in the gang stronghold of Ravensmead.

Nine of those arrested, who are between the ages of 21 and 41, would be charged with contravening the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said.

Further details would be revealed when the nine appear in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. The State would oppose bail, Rwexana said.

The operatives in the raids were armed with warrants of arrest and worked under the cluster operations command centre in Blue Downs, which Police Minister Fikile Mbalula opened in May.

The opening of the centre followed a week where Mbalula visited several areas to hear people’s complaints about gangsterism, drugs, and violence, after a massive gang shooting in Elsie’s River.

Mbalula vowed to make police's presence felt in those suburbs affected by crime.

Rwexana said that during the second phase of Tuesday's operation, eight more people were arrested.

They were charged with possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, and for the possession of drugs in Ravensmead.

Two firearms, ammunition, and various drugs were confiscated.

Western Cape police commissioner Lt-Gen Khombinkosi Jula said the operation would help restore trust in the police as it tried to eradicate gangsterism in the Western Cape.

Last week, members of the parliamentary police portfolio committee criticised Jula and a delegation of police top brass for submitting a report on efforts to stamp out gangsterism in the province too late.

This did not give MPs time to prepare for the meeting. At the time, they said they had been busy with police operations.

The feedback on the country's anti-gang strategy would be rescheduled.

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