Two City of Cape Town traffic officers sustained slight injuries after being knocked down and assaulted by taxi drivers during operations, and a Metro Police officer was assaulted while making an arrest. Regardless, the officers managed to put the suspects behind bars. Read more below:
During Operation Throttle initiatives on the N2 last week, two City traffic officers were injured during the course of duty. On 28 September 2016, an officer was knocked down by a taxi driver after the officer stopped him for overtaking vehicles on the shoulder of the road. The next day, on 29 September 2016, another taxi driver assaulted an officer after he stopped him for the same offence. The taxi driver drove off, but the officer gave chase and managed to apprehend him. Both taxi drivers were charged for reckless and negligent driving.
On Sunday 2 October 2016, a Metro Police officer was processing the arrest of a drunk driver when the passenger got out of the vehicle and assaulted him. The officer arrested the passenger and charged him with interfering with the duties of an officer and assault on a police officer. Both the driver and the passenger were detained at the Table View Police Station.While on patrol along Durban Road in Bellville on Saturday 1 October 2016, officers noticed suspicious activity in a vehicle and asked the driver to pull off to the side of the road. The officers then searched the vehicle and found a brown box in the boot containing 186 pouches of khat. The driver was arrested on the spot and charged for being in possession of drugs. He was detained at the Bellville Police Station.
The Metro Police Department also received tip-offs about illegal drug activities taking place at residences in Parow and in Khayelitsha. In the Parow home, they found six packets of tik and arrested two suspects. Two South African Police Service officials assisted in the Khayelitsha home where they found one parcel of dagga and 28 sachets of dagga. The owner of the house was arrested for being in possession of drugs and was detained at the Khayelitsha Police Station.
Also in Parow, one of the female officers searched a woman and found one tik straw, one crushed mandrax tablet and a quarter of a mandrax tablet in her possession. The woman was arrested and charged for being in possession of drugs and detained at the Parow Police Station.
In total, officers arrested 118 suspects, issued 5 516 fines for various offences, and impounded 10 cellphones.
‘I want to commend our staff for their zero-tolerance approach to crime and making sure that those who continue to disregard the laws are taken to task, even under trying circumstances,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.