Cape cops trace over 400 criminals

2012-09-02 22:38

Cape Town - Western Cape police have traced 415 suspects wanted in connection with murder, rape, drug possession and other crimes, provincial spokesperson Frederick van Wyk said on Sunday.

Van Wyk said a special tracing and crime prevention operation started on Monday and ended on Sunday morning.

One of the several tracing operations held during this week led to the successful arrest of three murder suspects, aged 25, 29 and 30, over an incident which took place on Friday near Monwabisi Beach, Khayelitsha.

The body of a 21-year-old man was found dumped there.

"The immediate follow-up of information received led to these arrests and two illegal firearms were also recovered," Van Wyk said.

He was referring to the murder of Olwyn Cowley, who was shot by people posing to be buyers of the BMW he was advertising.

An operation to corner maintenance defaulters called "Operation Basadi" was part of the police activities.

"A total of 15 maintenance defaulters were arrested during this past week."

This also helped police nab 82 wanted suspects on various crimes in Mitchells Plain.

Police seized drugs with a street value of around R12 660 and arrested over 100 suspects.

Van Wyk urged communities to contact police with reliable tip-offs.

"This kind of successes is a reflection of the good co-operation that exists between the community of Mitchells Plain and the SA Police Service."

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-09-02 23:02

    Well done guys. My only concern now is if JZ wakes up one morning and decides to let them free then this was done all in vain. A lot of these okes are probably those who were let loose. *smh* such a shame.

  • jennifer.d.martin.750 - 2012-09-02 23:16

    Well done very encouraging. :)

  • tw2066 - 2012-09-03 05:34

    Agree with hudayfa, this is indeed excellent news to start the day. Lets hope Showerkop doesnt decide to free them all for votes.

      pur.pleibus - 2012-09-03 10:42

      Surely Stortkop?

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-03 06:51

    Trace 415....and how many arrested out of that 415?

  • MallyGold - 2012-09-03 07:39

    I also performed my job today but it didn’t make the news. Is it because we are so used to police failures that we applaud them for doing precisely what they are paid to do in the first place?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-03 08:12

      Huh? I am sure you job is not of national importance. I am sure that when you do you job well 50 people are not murdered that day. I'm sure when you go to bed at night you colleagues are not covering your back. I'm sure that your clientèle don't sell you drugs, murder you for your cellphone or rape your grandmother. Now quickly, get up from your desk and go make coffee and then stand around for 10 minutes waffling about your mundane weekend that went off without any crime thanks to the very men you so loftily brush off with your arrogance and ungratefulness.

      heinrich.spreeth - 2012-09-03 09:06

      I agree with MallyGold. It's their job. And yes. It is a job ,just like being a petrol attendant or a accountant at a firm is a job. THANKS police force. For doing your job! This is what you are paid for. To follow leads and to arrest people.

  • heinrich.spreeth - 2012-09-03 09:04

    Thanks! for doing your job!

  • pieriewaaier.zooms - 2012-09-03 10:38

    There are many good policemen & -women in this country for which we all should be deeply grateful. So, well done, guys! Well done! Just such a great pity that 'upstairs' in SAPS you are managed by a Commissioner General who is an ANC cadre and just because of that has no credibility. She couldn't even keep her two jobs in the private sector where she was kicked out (even by Ramos at ABSA, hersel an ANC member, nogal!) and was then absorbed into government which in itself is quite a story, don't you think? The failed in the private sector get appointed into senior positions in government! And she knows f@ckall about policing! What a shame! And then of course, minister Mathethwa- who himself is a discredited and failed politician with long fingers in the cooky jar and not averse to helping himself from secret slush funds!! Just imagine how very good SAPS could have been without these debilitating & feeble cretins at the top!

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