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A taxi driver arrested for reckless driving was one of five people convicted last week following their arrest by the City’s enforcement agencies. Read more below:

A taxi driver has been convicted on a charge of reckless and negligent driving by the Bishop Lavis Magistrates’ Court, following testimony by one of the City’s Ghost Squad officers.

The man was sentenced to a R10 000 fine or 200 days imprisonment last week and fined an additional R1 000 for being an unlicensed driver.The taxi driver was one of six arrested by the Ghost Squad on 27 September 2016. Officers were attending to a complaint of reckless and negligent driving on Valhalla Drive in Bishop Lavis. He was traveling along Valhalla Drive, cut across a painted island, disobeyed a solid channelising line, and caused vehicles travelling in the right lane of oncoming traffic to swerve and take evasive action to avoid a collision. He further travelled more than 200 metres on the wrong side of the road. It happened to be raining on the morning in question and the roads were very wet, making his actions even more dangerous.

The driver’s excuse was that he was late as a result of the bad weather.

‘That’s neither here nor there. The fact is, the rules of the road stand come rain or shine. This is a very good conviction and I tip my hat to the Ghost Squad but also the National Prosecuting Authority for bringing this case to a conclusion. We take a lot of flak as a result of perceptions that the lawlessness of taxi drivers goes unpunished. Hopefully this conviction will go some way to changing those perceptions. It should also send a message to others that there are consequences for bad behaviour,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

On Thursday 23 February 2017, four men were convicted and sentenced to fines of R10 000 each for illegal possession of abalone. The suspects were arrested by the City’s Law Enforcement Marine Unit in Gordon’s Bay last year.

On Saturday 25 February 2017, a Law Enforcement officer arrested a woman at the Epping Fruit market for pointing a firearm at a member of the public and illegal possession of a South African Police Service firearm.

Elsewhere on the City’s streets in the last week, the City’s Traffic Service arrested 168 suspects and issued 1 068 fines. The arrests included:
· 96 suspects for outstanding warrants
· 61 for drunk driving
· 17 for reckless and negligent driving
· A husband and wife for assaulting a traffic officer who had pulled them over for disobeying a stop sign during an operation focusing on illegal street racing in Eerste River on Sunday 26 February 2017

The City’s Metro Police Department arrested 31 suspects, including 14 for driving under the influence of alcohol and 15 for possession of drugs. Officers also thwarted two robbers. While doing a drug awareness dog show at Dagbreek Primary School in Heideveld, the Metro Police K9 Unit members noticed two men running down the street with construction workers in hot pursuit. Officers joined the fray and caught the suspects. They then discovered that the duo had robbed a construction worker of his cellphone.

On Friday 24 February 2017, Metro Police officers were following up on information received of drugs being used at an address in Hanover Park. While conducting a search of the premises, officers also checked the perimeter and found a 9 mm Vektor pistol and 15 rounds of ammunition hidden in a letter box (pictured).

‘Searches of letterboxes usually turn up drugs. It’s not often that they turn up pistols. Good on the officers though for their thorough search of the area, because if left unchecked, that gun in that letterbox could have been bad news for someone,’ added Alderman Smith.

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