The suspect was arrested on a charge of reckless and negligent driving after he was caught travelling well in excess of 250 km/h on the N1 between Sable Road and Plattekloof. An additional charge of defeating the ends of justice was added to the docket as the vehicle had no registration plates or other identifying marks.
‘This incident is yet another example of the absolute disdain some road users have for the rule of law. I’m not sure how anyone thinks driving at such high speed on a public road is acceptable under any circumstances. We are usually flooded with complaints about the behaviour of public transport drivers, but the fact is that the behaviour of many categories of road users is nothing short of atrocious,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.
Elsewhere, Cape Town Traffic’s Traffic Services arrested 22 suspects at a number of roadblocks throughout the city – 19 for driving under the influence of alcohol and three for outstanding warrants. Officers also issued 774 fines for various other offences.
The Transport Enforcement Unit impounded 19 vehicles during an integrated operation in the Blackheath area and three more in Atlantis. In an enforcement operation in Table View, officers impounded five vehicles and charged eight taxi drivers for driving in the MyCiti bus lane.
In a street racing operation held in the Bellville South area, officers arrested six suspects for reckless and negligent driving.In Strandfontein, an officer attached to the Ghost Squad arrested a suspect for driving under the influence of alcohol just after 05:00 on Sunday 4 March 2018. The officer noticed the driver narrowly missing a lamp post and gave chase. A breathalyser test found him to be four times over the legal limit. During the early hours of this morning, the Ghost Squad attended to illegal street racing incidents in the Bellville area and, although it was a relatively quiet night, one driver was arrested for drunken driving.
The Metro Police Department arrested 26 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol, 11 for possession of drugs, four for possession of stolen property and one for intimidation and resisting arrest.
In Kleinvlei on Friday 2 March 2018, members attached to the Metro Police’s K9 Unit caught an arsonist in the act. Officers on patrol in the area observed the 32-year-old setting fire to various parts of the field. They arrested him on a charge of arson and detained him at Kleinvlei SAPS.
In terms of social crime prevention, the Metro Police Training Academy hosted a group of 60 new youth cadets this past weekend. The cadets are recruited from the department’s youth camps. Topics on the agenda included talks about substance abuse, career prospects and the drought crisis.
‘We have put more than 150 young people through their paces since the inception of the cadet programme a few years ago. This programme is part of our holistic approach to crime prevention where we focus not only on enforcement, but also on building resilience in young people against negative influences. The cadet programme promotes good citizenship and provides opportunities to participants to hone their leadership skills and personal development,’ added Alderman Smith.