The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service closed the net on 199 warrant evaders in the last week. Operation Reclaim roadblocks were held in various parts of the city in the hunt for motorists with outstanding warrants of arrest for not paying their traffic fines.
‘I’ve said it time and again: we are putting more resources into tracking down the “scofflaws” who think they can break the rules and simply get away with it. We are intensifying our efforts and I would therefore advise motorists with outstanding fines to settle their debt or they could be in for a nasty surprise,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.On Thursday 2 June 2016, officers attached to the Reclaim Unit stopped a minibus-taxi in the Grassy Park area to check for warrants, but found 84 packages of dagga and six cellphones instead. The two occupants tried to get away, but officers caught one while the other ran into an oncoming vehicle. He was transported to hospital. Officers later discovered that the vehicle had been under surveillance by the Hawks for quite some time.
The City’s Traffic Service arrested 127 other motorists in recent days, including 104 for drunk driving and 18 for reckless and negligent driving. They also impounded 22 sedan taxis and issued 3 235 fines for various offences. On Sunday 5 June 2016, officers suspended 47 vehicles for not being roadworthy during an operation focusing on illegal street racing in the Belhar/Bellville area – making this a contender for the highest number of vehicle suspensions in a single operation.
The City’s Metro Police Department arrested 53 suspects during various autonomous and joint operations on charges ranging from possession of drugs to riotous behaviour and drunk driving. In one of the operations, officers shut down an illegal shebeen in Delft and confiscated a substantial amount of alcohol.
Law Enforcement, meanwhile, was involved in the confiscation of 8 001 shucked abalone. On Sunday afternoon, a suspect was arrested for possession of 393 abalone in Macassar during a roadblock by the City’s Law Enforcement Department and the Western Cape Government Traffic Department. The suspect then led officers to a house in the area where they found 4 157 abalone and arrested one suspect. Next, they went to a house in Eerste River where a further 3 451 dried abalone were found and another suspect arrested. A raid on a house in Delft turned up negative, with officers suspecting that the occupants had been tipped off and removed the abalone before their arrival.
‘This was good work by the various agencies involved and a smart move by the suspect arrested during the roadblock. I can’t pre-judge the case, but I imagine he might have bought himself a lesser sentence for taking officers to the other locations. I know that many members of the public simply abhor being stuck in roadblocks, but this is another prime example of the bad deeds we are able to uncover in this way,’ added Alderman Smith.