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The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies have been busy over the past week, arresting 186 suspects for a variety of offences including drunk driving, resisting arrest, reckless and negligent driving, and possession of drugs. Furthermore, 1 716 fines were issued at roadblocks and 30 vehicles were suspended after an operation focusing on illegal drag-racing. The Liquor Enforcement Unit and Vice Squad recorded a number of successes, including the permanent closure of two shebeens for habitual contraventions. Read more below:

26 September 2016
· Metro Police arrested two motorists in Kraaifontein, aged 25 and 27, for driving under the influence of alcohol. Both were arrested at a vehicle control point

· Members of the Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team and the K9 Unit followed up on information gathered in the Lansdowne area and this led to the arrest of a suspect for possession of an unlicensed firearm

25 September 2016· The Integrated Roadblock Unit staged roadblocks on Slangkop Road in Ocean View and Main Road in Newlands and arrested 11 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol

· In a roadblock held in the Harare area, officers arrested 18 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol. Officers also issued 79 fines for various other offences

· In a roadblock held in the Atlantis area, officers arrested six suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol

· In a roadblock held in the Belhar area, officers arrested 25 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol. Officers also issued 126 fines for various other offences

· In an operation focusing on illegal drag-racing, held in the Bellville South area, officers arrested 10 suspects: five for driving under the influence of alcohol, four for reckless and negligent driving, and one for resisting arrest. Officers also suspended 30 vehicles deemed not roadworthy and issued 379 fines for various other offences

24 September 2016
· The Integrated Roadblock Unit held a roadblock on Main Road in the Simon’s Town area and arrested four suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol

· In an operation focusing on sedan taxis in the Cape Town CBD, officers impounded 25 vehicles and issued 37 fines for various other offences

· Metro Police arrested 12 motorists for drunk driving at a vehicle check point in the Somerset West area. The highest blood-alcohol level recorded was 2,16 mg/l

23 September 2016
· In a roadblock held in the Fishhoek area, officers arrested 20 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol. Of the 20 arrested, three were lieutenants, two were able seamen and one was a gunner – all based at the Simon’s Town Naval Base

· The Integrated Roadblock Unit held a joint operation with the South African Police Service on Jan Smuts Drive in the Pinelands area and arrested 13 suspects: 10 for driving under the influence of alcohol, two for possession of drugs, and one young driver with no driving licence for possession of ammunition after a full magazine with 17 hollow point rounds was found in his possession. Officers also issued 26 fines for various other offences

· In another roadblock held on Voortrekker Road in the Maitland area, officers arrested six suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol

· The Integrated Roadblock Unit held roadblocks on Govan Mbeki Drive and Old Weltevreden Road in the Philippi area. Officers arrested two suspects for outstanding warrants and issued 184 fines for various other offences

· In an operation focusing on illegal drag-racing in the Durbanville area, officers arrested 20 suspects: 18 for driving under the influence of alcohol and two for reckless and negligent driving. Officers also issued 265 fines for various other offences

· Metro Police held integrated roadblocks in Delft, Somerset West and Pinelands, in conjunction with Traffic Services, Law Enforcement and the South African Police Service. During these operations nine motorists were arrested for drunk driving, two arrests were made for drug-related offences, and one suspect was apprehended for illegal possession of ammunition. Officers further issued 115 traffic fines for various offences

· The Tactical Response Unit, responding to a tip-off from a community member regarding drug activities, arrested a 38-year-old suspect in Beatrix Lane, Manenberg for possession of 102,9 grams of tik with an estimated street value of R25 000

22 September 2016
· In operations held on the N2, Nelson Mandela Boulevard, Hospital Bend, De Waal Drive, Searle Street, Church Street, Albert Road and FW de Klerk Boulevard, officers issued 431 fines for various offences, and arrested one suspect for reckless and negligent driving

· In a roadblock held in the Strand area, officers arrested 16 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol. Officers also issued 74 fines for various other offences

· In an operation focusing on illegal drag-racing in the Bothasig area, officers arrested seven suspects: one for driving under the influence of alcohol, one for reckless and negligent driving, four for dealing in narcotics (dagga) and one for resisting arrest

Furthermore, Law Enforcement’s Liquor Enforcement Unit last week carried out integrated operations with the South African Police Service focusing on establishments in the Cape Town CBD, Brooklyn, Goodwood, Elsies River, Bishop Lavis, Table View, Somerset West, Fisantekraal, Macassar, Kuils River and Belhar. In total 64 premises were inspected and spot fines to value of R22 900 were issued for by-law contraventions. One arrest was also made for dealing in liquor without the necessary authority and two shebeens were permanently closed for habitual offences

The Vice Squad recorded a number of successes during operations focusing on street prostitution last week in the Macassar, Goodwood, Parow, Eerste River, Atlantis and Lansdowne areas. A total of 66 spot fines totalling R81 300 were issued to women found to be soliciting. Five warrants of arrests were also served on women who did not attend their court dates.

Also last week, the Automatic Number Plate Recognition Unit held a number of roadblocks throughout the city and arrested 36 suspects for outstanding warrants. In addition, 395 warrants were served.

‘I would like to congratulate all involved for an outstanding week’s work. Enforcement through roadblocks is absolutely key to ensuring that residents think twice before drinking and driving, driving unroadworthy vehicles, and otherwise unsafe behaviour. There is no telling how many future tragedies have been prevented by ensuring that drunk and unsafe drivers have their day in court,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

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