From 30 August to 3 September alone, the City’s enforcement agencies arrested 101 suspects and issued 759 fines. The City is still concerned at the number of drunk drivers on the roads and the crowds gathering to cheer on illegal drag-racing. Read more below:
City traffic officers have had a busy week, with 75 suspects arrested. This included 16 drunk drivers in Gordon’s Bay, 11 drunk drivers in Mowbray, and nine drunk drivers in Rondebosch. They also issued 759 fines for various offences, including 282 fines issued during a single operation on the N2 on Nelson Mandela Drive and Hospital Bend on 30 August.
The City’s Metro Police this week reported a focus on drunk drivers and illegal weapons. Offices arrested 26 suspects over the past week, including 11 drunk drivers, eight suspects for being in possession of drugs, two suspects for being in possession of dangerous weapons, and four suspects for being in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition. One of the drunk drivers, apprehended at a vehicle check point in Valhalla Drive, Elsies River on 3 September, was found with 140 parcels of dagga, 50 mandrax tablets, and R1 905 in cash in the vehicle.
On 2 September, the Metro Police Tactical Response Unit responded to a ShotSpotter complaint at Hannah Walk in Hanover Park. Officers arrested a 44-year-old suspect in Ryston Street after he was found with an illegal firearm (with the serial number filed off) and ammunition. The day before, the Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team received a tip-off about illegal drug activity in Manenberg. They searched a man and woman at the premises who were found with drugs in their possession. Both were arrested and taken to the Bishop Lavis police station.
Meanwhile, City Law Enforcement officers focused on illegal drag-racing during an operation in Bellville South. Seven suspects were arrested – five for reckless and negligent driving, one for drunk driving, and one for excessive speeding. One motorist was caught doing 191 km/h on the N1 at Giel Basson Drive.
The Ghost Squad responded to reports of illegal street racing in Stikland and Bellville South. On arrival at the scene in Stikland, they found that about 100 drag-racers and spectators had gathered. Officers arrested two suspects for reckless and negligent driving. Afterwards, officers responded to a report that 100 drag-racers had gathered at Sacs Circle in Bellville South. One suspect was arrested for reckless and negligent driving and 293 fines were issued for various offences.
‘I hope that the number of arrests this week sends a strong message to criminals that we will find you and arrest you, as no one is above the law. We thank those residents who are working with us to create a safe city by providing tip-offs that assist with our enforcement efforts,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.