Crime blitz nets nearly R10m in illicit goods

2015-05-07 19:08

Cape Town - Security forces descended on Bellville Central Business District (CBD) during a joint operation on Thursday, the Western Cape police said in a statement.

Spokesperson Tembinkosi Kinana said the multi-departmental cordon and search operation was led by the South African Police Service comprising SANDF, Metro Police, Traffic Services, SARS, Home Affairs and Brand specialists.

"Counterfeit goods to the value of R9m, illicit cigarettes worth R500 000 and six boxes of Khat were confiscated. Twenty  undocumented foreign nationals were arrested. Meanwhile, two Ethiopian men, aged 28 and 29, were arrested for possession of drugs and illicit cigarettes," he said.

(Pictures provided by the Western Cape SAPS)

Acting Provincial Commissioner Major General Thembisile Patekile commended the concerted efforts of the forces and undertook to rid the streets of Cape Town of criminal activities.

“This is but one of a series of operations that we will conduct to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of the province. Our mission is to restore law and order”.

Meanwhile, in Parow a similar operation was conducted.

Seven people were arrested for the possession of stolen property, drugs and counterfeit goods. The latter included CDs laptops and cameras, which were also confiscated.

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