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Of the 73 arrests made by the City’s Metro Police Department and Traffic Service over the past few days, not all came easy, as officers discovered. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department arrested 41 suspects this past weekend, including 24 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

During one of the arrests in Mfuleni at about 08:30 on Saturday 15 July 2017, two Metro Police officers had their hands full after pulling over a vehicle when the driver ignored a stop sign. Officers noticed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol and a sobriety test confirmed it. While arresting the suspect, he resisted and started assaulting the officer. His female passenger then started assaulting the other officer. The 22-year-old woman was eventually restrained and joined the driver behind bars on charges of assaulting a police officer, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, and riotous behaviour.

Metro Police officers also arrested 17 suspects for possession of drugs. Officers responded to a noise complaint in Hanover Park at approximately 23:30 last night, 16 July 2017. While interviewing the homeowner, officers noticed he was very nervous and, mid-interview, made his way to his bed and sat down on the pillow. Officers became suspicious and searched under the pillow where they found a sachet of tik with an estimated street value of R6 000.

The City’s Traffic Service meanwhile encountered a lot of resistance while responding to an illegal street racing complaint in Mamre. Officers found about 600 people gathered in Paradise Road yesterday afternoon, 16 July 2017. They arrested six suspects for driving while intoxicated and issued 49 fines for various transgressions.

‘This was a first and we’ll keep a close watch to ensure that we disrupt any chance of Mamre joining our list of illegal street racing hotspots. Officers have recounted that the situation was very volatile. I’m not surprised because we see countless examples of the public turning on law enforcement. It’s an indictment of society’s relationship with law and order and something that cannot be condoned. We have a culture of lawlessness in this country that has to be arrested if we’re ever going to make any meaningful progress in the fight against crime,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

On Thursday 13 July 2017, a crowd of about 200 people attending an illegal street racing event in Bellville South kept traffic officers busy until 02:00. Officers arrested eight drivers for reckless and negligent driving and three more for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Officers also arrested 12 suspects in Table View, Gordon’s Bay and Somerset West as part of the random breath testing awareness campaign that was launched on 14 July 2017.

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