The City is investigating after one of its Law Enforcement officers was arrested along with four other motorists during an operation to tackle illegal street racing. Read more below:
A City of Cape Town Law Enforcement officer is facing disciplinary and criminal charges after being arrested for reckless and negligent driving.
The officer was one of five motorists arrested on charges of reckless and negligent driving during an operation focusing on illegal street racing on Wednesday 2 March 2016. He and three others were arrested along Koeberg Road in Milnerton (which was the busiest spot for the evening) and one other was collared in Blue Downs. Officers also issued 78 fines for various other offences.
‘The operation was surprising for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I don’t think the Ghost Squad expected to catch one of their own colleagues behaving badly and breaking the law, but secondly, officers were surprised at the fact that Koeberg Road appears to be a new favourite among illegal drag-racers. The fact is we cannot tolerate such behaviour from staff who are paid to uphold the law. It is not only embarrassing to the City, but it is also a smack in the face of the public who look to our staff to set an example,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
In Sea Point on Friday 4 March 2016, the City’s Traffic Service impounded 29 sedan taxis and issued 100 fines for various offences.
During a joint operation between the City’s Metro Police Department and the South African Police Service (SAPS), officers arrested 17 motorists for drunk driving in the Gugulethu and Bonteheuwel areas.
Metro Police officers also arrested 10 suspects for possession of drugs during operations in Parow, Bonteheuwel, Steenberg, Parkwood and Ocean View. The youngest suspect arrested was a 19-year-old woman.
The City’s Law Enforcement Department arrested a 23-year-old woman for possession of drugs during an operation in Atlantis.
‘I’ve noticed in recent times that we seem to be arresting more and more women for possession of drugs. I can’t help but wonder if all of them are users or dealers, or if they’re being made to hold onto the stash because of the perception that, like with using children as middlemen for crime, the justice system might somehow go softer on females too,’ added Alderman Smith.