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A rape suspect was one of dozens arrested by the City’s enforcement agencies in recent days. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department arrested an alleged gang member in Manenberg for rape on Saturday 30 July 2016 – just hours after the alleged incident.

Officers attached to the Gang and Drug Task Team were on patrol in Scheldt Walk when they were approached by community members who informed them that the suspect had raped a woman at gunpoint earlier that morning. Officers arrested the suspect after the victim identified him.

Later, the same unit executed a search warrant at a house in Aletta court after receiving a tip-off about drug sales from the premises. They arrested the 23-year-old son of a local gang leader for possession of drugs after finding a 20-litre paint container filled with dagga on the premises.‘These arrests underscore the importance of a good working relationship between the public and enforcement agencies. We need residents to blow the whistle on criminals so that we can arrest them and allow the law to run its course. We also need to start putting pressure on those residents who shield known criminals or turn a blind eye, because that makes them complicit,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

Yesterday, members of the K9 Unit arrested another suspect while on patrol in Thames Walk, Manenberg after witnessing him assaulting a woman.

Officers also arrested 10 suspects aged between 20 and 39 for drug-related offences in Hanover Park, Manenberg and Macassar. On the roads, Metro Police arrested 12 motorists for drunk driving. This included the arrest of a 38-year-old man in the Somerset West area whose breath-alcohol content was 4,21 mg/l – the legal limit is 0,24 mg per litre.

City traffic officers added to the tally of drunk drivers, arresting a total of 61 motorists for being over the legal alcohol limit. The highest number of arrests came during an operation focusing on illegal street racing in the Bothasig/Milnerton area on Friday 29 July 2016. Of the 34 arrests, 23 were for drunk driving and 11 for reckless and negligent driving.

Other Traffic Services successes included:
· 209 arrests for outstanding warrants by the Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Unit
· the impoundment of nine vehicles during a scholar transport enforcement operation in Bellville
· the impoundment of 22 sedan taxis in Green Point

‘The number of traffic-related arrests is absolutely staggering and is symptomatic of the ongoing contempt that many people have for the law, but also other road users. Sadly, nothing will come of our efforts to change behaviour until we start expediting court cases and getting convictions but also naming and shaming drunk drivers and “scofflaws” who think they can get away with not paying their fines,’ added Alderman Smith.

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