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Swordsman cuts his way to attempted murder charge<p>The 21-year-old sword-wielding suspect was taken into custody on charges of attempted murder and possession of a dangerous weapon. Officers also took the victim to Gugulethu Day Hospital for treatment and the extent of his injuries are not known.</p><p>The suspect was one of 53 suspects arrested by the Metro Police Department in the last week. </p><p>Officers also collared 19 suspects for possession of drugs, one for riotous behaviour and 32 for driving under the influence of alcohol. </p><p>In one incident on Wednesday 18 July, officers en route to a shooting complaint in Scottsdene had a close call with a drunk driver who narrowly missed colliding with their vehicle at the Durban Road off-ramp on the N1. The officers stopped the vehicle to interview the driver and noticed he smelled of alcohol. The 63-year-old was breathalyzed and arrested for driving drunk after blowing 0.50mg/l. </p><p>‘These incidents are far too commonplace, in spite of the risks that drunk drivers pose to themselves and others. I shudder to think what might have happened if our officers were not able to avoid that collision. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a huge contributor to a sky-high road death toll. Many of these accidents which lead to death, disability and heartbreak could have been avoided if the driver or road user was sober,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. </p><p>The Cape Town Traffic Service arrested 78 suspects, impounded 88 vehicles and issued 4 543 fines for various other offences in the last week. Of those, 64 were arrested for driving under the influence at roadblocks around the city. The rest were apprehended for outstanding warrants, reckless and negligent driving and failure to comply with a lawful instruction.</p><p>In one of the illegal street racing operations in Eerste River, officers suspended 46 vehicles for being unroadworthy.</p><p>‘These statistics bear testimony to many road users’ relationship with law and order. They simply do not care. It is immensely frustrating, because we are seeing incidents on our roads on a daily basis – many of which can be avoided if motorists take responsibility for their vehicles, but also their driving behaviour. It’s a mind-set shift that is needed which no amount of enforcement on its own can achieve,’ added Alderman Smith. </p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-07-22T22:00:00ZGP0|#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|#7addfbd5-ca70-49b8-aaa7-c93e8bbd07d6;L0|#07addfbd5-ca70-49b8-aaa7-c93e8bbd07d6|drunk driving;GP0|#2f8ed9a7-d721-42b4-b2dc-69a3e7d5bb11;L0|#02f8ed9a7-d721-42b4-b2dc-69a3e7d5bb11|road blocks;GPP|#1590d31e-7ad8-4e2e-9ac0-344400d98f631

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