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An enforcement operation in Eerste River resulted in a number of arrests, including on charges of riotous behaviour as spectators turned on City staff.

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies and the South African Police Service (SAPS) had their hands full during an integrated operation in Eerste River on Sunday 24 April 2016. Officers swooped on an illegal drag-racing event at a notorious hotspot in the area and found about 2 000 spectators and 100 vehicles on site.

They arrested 26 suspects for drunk driving and five others for various offences, including malicious damage to property and riotous behaviour when spectators started stoning the Traffic Services tow-truck. Officers also suspended 30 vehicles and issued 315 fines including 54 to unlicensed drivers, 35 for unlicensed motor vehicles and 172 for speeding offences.‘The absolute disregard for the law is simply astonishing. Attacks on our staff as well as the SAPS are becoming far too commonplace. I am very concerned about the type of mentality we’re encountering during many of our enforcement operations. The public is quick to point fingers at the enforcement agencies about not doing their jobs, yet when officers try to act, we see the type of response we did yesterday.

‘We have worked closely with Killarney to create a weekly drag-racing event that is sponsored by the City, so the drag-racers no longer have an excuse to claim that there is no legal venue where they can practise their sport. There is a legal venue once a week that is growing in popularity and attracting larger and larger crowds,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

In Table View on Friday 22 April 2016, City traffic officers arrested 10 motorists – one for reckless and negligent driving and nine with outstanding warrants. Officers also impounded 14 vehicles and issued 227 fines for various other offences.

The Metro Police Department arrested 24 motorists for drunk driving during their weekend operations, with the highest blood/alcohol reading being 2,27 mg/l. Officers also arrested 10 other suspects for possession of drugs, in Hanover Park, Lwandle, Delft, Bonteheuwel and Athlone.

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