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Rape suspect among 34 arrested <p>‘Metro Police officers arrested a suspected rapist at the Bellville taxi rank on Saturday when the victim recognised him nine months after the incident had taken place. The officers were doing crime prevention foot patrols when they were approached by a woman who informed them that she and a colleague were raped in November 2019 after a break-in at their premises. She had seen the perpetrator at the taxi rank, pointed him out and the 38-year-old man was arrested.</p><p>'I applaud the woman for her courage to identify her rapist. Women's Month is a time to celebrate the tenacity and strength of the women in society, but it is more poignant as we grapple with gender based violence. I want to encourage the men to speak up and act to help us fight what has become a blight on our communities,' said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>It later emerged that the suspect in the case also has other charges pending. He was taken to Bellville South police station and will face charges including assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, burglary and burglary with intention to rape. </p><p>Metro Police officers also arrested six protesters for public violence across the metro and 11 suspects for the possession of drugs. </p><p>Also on Saturday 8 August, two young men started running when they saw officers on patrol in Steenberg. The officers pursued and apprehended the teenagers, aged 15 and 17, who had two parcels of dagga in their possession. </p><p>They were later released into the care of their parents. </p><p>Further patrols in the Kensington area led to the arrest of two suspects aged 22 and 27 for the illegal possession of 32 packets of dagga. </p><p>The City's Traffic Service arrested 15 suspects -  four for driving under the influence of alcohol, seven for reckless and negligent driving and four for other offences. </p><p>Officers also impounded 164 vehicles, 20 cell phones and issued 52 787 during the past week.</p><p>In an illegal street racing operation held in Bellville South on Thursday 6 August, officers issued 170 fines, while 13 vehicles were suspended for not being road worthy.</p><p>In an Amaphela operation in Bellville on Friday 7 August, officers impounded 21 vehicles and issued 247 fines.</p><p>'These have been trying times on many levels for everyone and most of our residents are law abiding citizens. There are those who continue to flout the rules and regulations and that's when our dedicated officials will ensure they are brought to book,' added Alderman Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2020-08-10T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#78273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255;L0|#078273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255|Metro police;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#b480eb1b-cfa8-45cf-ab3d-21f848f482e9;L0|#0b480eb1b-cfa8-45cf-ab3d-21f848f482e9|safety and security;GP0|#89c9054d-0161-45fe-a933-47a412402ecf;L0|#089c9054d-0161-45fe-a933-47a412402ecf|Weekend ops1


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