The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies arrested 166 suspects in the last week – two of them on charges of armed robbery.
On Saturday, 9 July 2016, members attached to the City’s Volunteer Law Enforcement Auxiliary Services were on patrol in their community sponsored vehicle in the Constantia Valley. At approximately 01:00 they were informed that a private security firm was following a vehicle used in an attempted house robbery in Plumstead. Officers caught up with the suspects in Diep River and gave chase (view dashcam footage here: https://youtu.be/qbnbmwfHSqc ) and arrested three suspects after their vehicle crashed into a wall. Officers also recovered a firearm and an unspecified amount of cash.‘This incident is a great illustration of the benefits of a strong and well-resourced volunteer corps and how far our auxiliary initiative has come. It also illustrates the benefits of public/private agreements. The officers were able to pursue and catch the perpetrators because of the community sponsored vehicle they had at their disposal – one of two such vehicles in that area,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
On Sunday, 10 July 2016, members of the Law Enforcement Social Housing Unit were headed to Heideveld to attend to a complaint when they spotted a man running in the direction of Malawi Camp near Robert Sobukwe Road, carrying something. Officers stopped the suspect and enquired about what he had been carrying. He admitted it was a dagga ‘stop’ that he had thrown away when he saw them and led them to the place where he bought the drugs in nearby Freedom Farm. A search of the premises revealed dagga with a street value of R15 000 (pictured). Three suspects aged 17, 21 and 40 were arrested.
The Social Housing Unit also shut down an illegal shebeen being operated from Council-owned property in Bellville South on Saturday, 9 July 2016, after receiving a tip-off. Officers confiscated more than a dozen crates of beer (pictured) found on the premises and arrested the person responsible for selling the alcohol.
The City’s Transport Enforcement Unit in Atlantis also confiscated more than R18 000 in cash and three packets of tik when they stopped a suspicious looking vehicle in the industrial area on Thursday, 7 July 2016. Officers arrested two residents from Saxon Sea.
Cape Town Traffic Services meanwhile arrested 115 suspects for drunk driving and issued 1 108 fines for various offences in the last week. Forty of those arrests were made during operations in Delft on Sunday, 10 July 2016. Elsewhere roadblocks yielded 13 arrests in Macassar, 22 in Mfuleni, 10 in Brackenfell, 13 in Claremont and 16 in Belhar.
The Metro Police Department arrested 42 suspects – 33 of them for drunk driving. Officers also took six suspects into custody for possession of drugs, one for possession of ammunition, one for domestic violence and one for assaulting a police officer.
During general patrols in the Kraaifontein area on Friday, 8 July 2016, the Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team followed up on information and found 46 rounds of ammunition from various calibres of weapons in forensic bags abandoned in an open field (pictured). The find included shotgun and rifle rounds. In Bellville, officers found various quantities of tik, dagga and mandrax abandoned on a roof.