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The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies have had an intensely busy few days. City traffic officers arrested 165 suspects and issued over 2 800 fines, Metro Police officers arrested 39 suspects, and the Automatic Number Plate Recognition Unit arrested 83 suspects for outstanding warrants. As part of the operations officers apprehended two drunk hit-and-run culprits and a gang member. Read more below:

Over the past few days, the City’s Metro Police arrested 37 suspects for drug-related offences. Another two were arrested on Sunday 23 October 2016 after officers were flagged down by a motorist who informed them that a vehicle had sped off after it collided with another vehicle on Walter Sisulu Drive in Khayelitsha. The officers gave chase and managed to locate the vehicle. They brought it back to the accident scene and found that the driver and passenger had swopped seats after the collision. Both men were tested for alcohol and found to be in excess of the legal limit. They were arrested for drunk driving, with additional charges including defeating the ends of justice, failure to report an accident, and failure to ascertain injuries and damages.During operations over the past few days, City traffic officers issued a total 2 849 fines and arrested 165 suspects for various offences. On 21 October 2016, two traffic officers who were enforcing illegal parking in the Observatory area issued a fine to a motorist for parking on the sidewalk. While issuing the ticket, the officer noticed that the driver was acting suspiciously. A search of the vehicle turned up tik and R350 in cash under the driver’s seat. He also had loose tik crystals in his front pocket. He was arrested and taken to the Woodstock police station.

During an operation the next day, 22 October 2016, the Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team acted on a tip-off in Hanover Park. They arrested a suspect affiliated to the Laughing Boys gang on an outstanding arrest warrant for drug possession. He was taken to the Philippi police station.

That same day, members attached to the Tactical Response Unit responded to gang shootings in the Hanover Park area. During their patrols and searches for possible suspects, the officers came across an abandoned firearm with three empty cartridges and one loaded cartridge. The items were booked in at the Philippi police station.
Meanwhile, during an operation in Macassar, officers arrested six suspects for possession of mandrax, tik and dagga. They confiscated a variety of drugs and dangerous weapons.

The Automatic Number Plate Recognition Unit held operations throughout the city from 17 – 23 October 2016 and arrested 83 suspects for outstanding warrants. A total of 7 877 warrants were served and 251 suspects were released on warnings.

‘Our officers will continue with visible policing and patrols, even more so as the “silly season” approaches. I want to warn all drivers that they will not get away with recklessness on our roads as we will not tolerate any misbehaviour. As can be seen from the warrant operations, motorists will be held to account.

‘We thank residents for providing the tip-offs that they do and we urge them to continue doing so, especially going into the holiday season. Together we can create a safer city,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

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