City’s traffic services and metro police joined hands and issued more than 4 000 fines during a roadblock held during the weekend of Friday 30 August to Monday 2 September.
According to a statement released by JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security, in Hanover Park during the Reclaim Warrant Operations, officers arrested 93 taxi drivers for 372 outstanding warrants valued at more than R864 000 within 48 hours.
“While officers were busy with one of these operations, a group of seven people arrived at the roadblock and tried to open the lock-up vehicle of the traffic services to free the arrested drivers. They became violent and tried to force officers away from the door.
However, other officers intervened and five people were arrested while the other two ran away.
The warrant detainees were booked in at the Wynberg South African Police Service (SAPS) station. The five were taken to the Philippi SAPS where they were charged with riotous behaviour.
“The swift action by other traffic and law enforcement officers, as well as the police, ensured that no detainee escaped and that they will have their day in court,” Smith said.
He said this incident is a classic example of how drivers repeatedly break the law, putting the lives of innocent passengers in danger.
“Those who tried to free the arrested drivers who were detained are just as guilty and should face the consequences of their behaviour,” Smith said.
Other operations included clamping down on illegal street racing in the Strandfontein, Grassy Park and Lentegeur areas.
That resulted in 103 fines for various by-law transgressions being issued.
“The prevalence of illegal street racing is worrying and traffic services will keep on enforcing the relevant by-laws to ensure that law-abiding citizens are protected,” he explained.