The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Services arrested 116 suspects during operations this past weekend. Most of the arrests were for drunk driving, but officers also collared 24 motorists for reckless and negligent driving. This included a father and son who were caught engaging in an illegal street race along Klipfontein Road in a Maserati and a Ferrari.
Officers also had to intervene in a road rage incident in Blue Downs involving a group of tow truck drivers and members of the public. The driver of a VW Polo sustained serious injuries after allegedly being assaulted by three tow truckers.
The Metro Police Department had its fair share of public commotion when officers apprehended two suspects for the possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition in Macassar on Friday, 15 July 2016. While officers were making the arrests, members of the public helped one of the suspects to escape. They also stoned the officers’ vehicles. Officers managed to arrest one suspect and confiscated a 9 mm firearm and 33 rounds of ammunition (eight x 9 mm rounds and 25 x .38 special revolver rounds).‘This is the kind of thing that gets my blood boiling. Instead of working with us, those residents who participated in mobbing our staff would rather see a criminal run free on their streets. Yet the very same people are quick to criticise and accuse the authorities of not dealing with crime. We’re seeing far too many of these incidents and it is very worrying indeed,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
The Metro Police Department arrested a total of 36 suspects during its weekend operations, including nine for drunk driving. Officers also worked closely with the South African Police Service in the areas of Ocean View and Masiphumelele, resulting in the closure of four illegal shebeens in Masiphumelele.
In Newlands, Metro Police Officers sent two suspects to the sin bin after they were identified as aggressively forcing motorists to pay them parking fees or have their cars damaged. Officers arrested a third suspect in Khayelitsha for a similar intimidation scam outside a fruit stall in Walter Sisulu Avenue.