The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department arrested five suspects for possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition on Friday 1 April 2016.
Officers on patrol in Eerste River noticed a white Mercedes Benz driving without its headlights on. When officers requested that the driver pull over, he sped off instead. The vehicle nearly collided with a police vehicle during the subsequent high-speed chase and eventually came to a stop when the driver reached a dead-end. The five occupants of the vehicle tried to run away, but were apprehended by the officers. A search of the car revealed a 9 mm Norinco 1 Star pistol and 12 rounds of ammunition. The suspects were all arrested in connection with the firearm, while the driver was also charged with reckless and negligent driving.
Metro Police officers arrested eight suspects for drunk driving during a roadblock in Khayelitsha, while 10 other suspects were arrested on drug-related charges during operations in various areas including Hanover Park, Bonteheuwel and Atlantis.Two of the suspects were caught packing heroin at an address in Lansport Street in Hanover Park. Officers also found two parcels of dagga and just over R1 600 in cash on the premises. Later, while processing the suspects at the Philippi police station, it emerged that the suspects have already had several brushes with the law. One of them is wanted for a murder case in Bishop Lavis, while there are 10 other cases for drug dealing and being in possession of drugs against them. The other suspect has a previous drug conviction.
‘These are very good arrests. It’s of concern that people with such a litany of charges against them continue to roam the streets, but hopefully their latest transgression, combined with their track records, will see them denied bail and sent to jail for a very long time. We cannot continue arresting the same people over and over again. It’s demoralising to the communities who see the criminals back on the street just hours or days after being arrested and it’s demoralising too to the enforcement staff who are arresting these familiar faces on an all too regular basis,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
On the roads, the City’s Traffic Service arrested 51 suspects and issued 2 243 fines in the last week.
Operation Throttle resulted in the arrest of 40 motorists in various parts of the city including Claremont, Bellville and Milnerton. Of those arrested, 32 had outstanding warrants. A total of 40 vehicles were impounded during the operations.
In Milnerton, two officers attached to the Ghost Squad stopped a taxi after the driver disobeyed a red traffic light. They found an unlicensed firearm without a serial number in the vehicle and arrested the driver.
A sedan taxi operation in the Cape Town CBD saw 20 more vehicles impounded because the drivers did not have operating permits or were trading in contravention of their operating permits; while a roadblock in Woodstock saw 10 motorists arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.