The arrest of 179 suspects for a range of offences in the last seven days is just a taste of things to come as the City’s enforcement agencies put their festive season safety plans into action.
Nearly 200 suspects found themselves on the wrong side of the law in the last week after they were rounded up by the City’s enforcement agencies for a range of offences including theft, drunk driving, and possession of drugs.
In the latest incident this morning, 21 November 2016, the Metro Police K9 Unit arrested two suspects who were caught in the act of discharging a firearm in Red River Road, Manenberg. Officers turned into the road just as one of the suspects opened fire. They arrested the suspects, who tried to make a getaway, and confiscated a 9 mm pistol and five rounds of ammunition (pictured). The suspects, aged 17 and 24, will appear in the Athlone Magistrates’ Court soon.
Metro Police officers arrested 50 other suspects over the past few days – 29 of them for drunk driving – at various checkpoints, assisted by 46 Metro Police trainee officers who will be deployed to bulk up the City’s enforcement capacity over the festive season. Officers arrested 21 other suspects for possession of drugs and stolen goods. One of them was a 39-year-old woman who was caught stealing paving bricks at the Delft Cemetery at approximately 04:25 this morning.
A few hours later, it literally became a blue Monday for two men who were arrested by the City’s Special Investigations Unit for selling City-owned blue refuse bags at the corner of Rosmead and Lansdowne Road (pictured). The unit is continuing its investigation to trace the source of the bags.
Meanwhile, the City’s Law Enforcement Department impounded its sixteenth truck used for illegal dumping since 1 October 2016, during an operation in Mitchells Plain, Philippi and surrounds (pictured). The Law Enforcement Department has been informed that there has been a noticeable increase in large trucks delivering loads of refuse and building materials to the Coastal Park landfill site – an indication that the amended Integrated Waste Management By-law, which makes provision for the impoundment of vehicles involved in illegal dumping, is serving as a deterrent.
‘If you are going to involve yourself in illegal activities, you run the risk of being caught and having a not so jolly festive season. As is customary, we are increasing our staff complement to meet the demand for policing over this time of year and we will work closely with the South African Police Service who are the primary agency responsible for crime prevention. In terms of the various City by-laws, we will throw the book at people. Alcohol confiscations from beaches and other public spaces continues to be a big focus area every summer and this year is no different, so you have been warned,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
On the roads, the City’s Traffic Service led the charge with a week-long enforcement offensive across the city. Officers arrested 125 suspects – the majority for driving under the influence of alcohol – including:
· 36 arrests in Atlantis (18) and Langa (18) on Sunday 20 November 2016
· 13 arrests in Maitland on Saturday 19 November 2016
· 43 arrests in Durbanville (21) and Woodstock (22) on Friday 18 November 2016
Officers also arrested 19 motorists for outstanding warrants, served warrants totalling nearly R350 000, and issued hundreds of fines for moving violations and other offences like failure to wear safety belts. On the N2, 37 pedestrians were redirected to pedestrian bridges during a two-hour pedestrian safety operation on Thursday 17 November 2016.
‘Road safety is a crucial cog in the festive season safety plan because that’s where most of our fatalities occur during this time of year. This past weekend already we saw a number of fatal collisions. We have the enforcement tools, but we rely on the public to help us by ensuring that they obey the rules, check that their vehicles are mechanically sound, and refrain from drinking and driving. There are enough alternatives available to those who can’t stay away from alcohol, so there’s really no excuse,’ said Alderman Smith.