The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service and Metro Police arrested 207 suspects in the last five days during a series of operations across the city.
The City’s Traffic Service held roadblocks at a number of locations and arrested 155 suspects in total – 138 of them for driving under the influence of alcohol. This included 35 arrests in Atlantis, 32 arrests in Delft, 26 arrests in Durbanville, 21 arrests in Philippi and 16 arrests in Bothasig.Just after 04:00 on Saturday morning, a member of the Integrated Roadblock Unit tried to stop a white VW Jetta traveling towards Kuils River without headlights. The driver refused to stop, resulting in a high-speed chase along Voortrekker Road in the direction of Kuils River. During the chase, the driver of the Jetta tried to drive the officer off the road numerous times. Near the Kuils River police station, the vehicle stopped and two young women jumped out before the driver sped off again, but he misjudged and hit a kerbed centre median, blowing out two of the tyres. The driver was arrested for drunk driving, but refused to provide a breath sample. He was also charged with reckless and negligent driving and intimidation, after threatening the arresting officer’s family. It was later determined that the suspect is a traffic officer based at Gallows Hill in Green Point and that the women who jumped from the vehicle were allegedly prostitutes.
‘This arrest just confirms that we will catch and charge anyone, without fear or favour. The behaviour of some road users is despicable as we can see from the number of arrests every week. It becomes even more distasteful when those breaking the law with such disdain are the very people meant to uphold it,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
On Sunday morning, officers attached to the Roadblock Unit pounced again when they arrested four suspects in Belhar for possession of an unlicensed firearm, several rounds of ammunition, drugs and other dangerous weapons (a knife and hammer).
‘The firearm’s serial number had been filed off and the matter is under investigation by the police to determine if the weapon has been used in the commission of any crimes. This is another success hot on the heels of the group of suspected burglars arrested in a roadblock not too long ago. We’re seeing more and more that criminals are being flushed out by these roadblocks, which only strengthens our resolve to turn the screws even tighter and do as many vehicle checkpoints as our resources allow,’ added Alderman Smith.
The Metro Police Department arrested an additional 37 motorists for drunk driving during general crime prevention patrols and operations in the Nyanga, Belhar, Ravensmead, Macassar and Khayelitsa areas. One of the suspects was arrested at an accident scene in Khayelitsha, while another will face an additional charge of fraud after he produced a driving licence belonging to someone else when stopped in Wetton.
Metro Police arrested 14 suspects in Athlone, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Steenberg and Montague Gardens – all for possession of drugs – and confiscated various quantities of dagga, tik and mandrax, as well as cash.
While attending to social unrest in Retreat on Sunday 13 March 2016, Metro Police officers arrested a 21-year-old suspect for possession of a dangerous weapon.