City of Cape Town’s Metro Police, Traffic Services and Law Enforcement reported significant successes in the fight against drugs, gangsterism and unsafe driving over the past weekend.
On Friday, 12 April, the Unit received information about possible drug dealing in Bernstein Road, Retreat, and when members investigated, they found the suspects in a Wendy house packaging dagga. They arrested five people for the possession of 60 dagga “stoppe” and one dagga parcel.
Three more suspects were arrested in two separate incidents in Choir and Sullivan Streets, Steenberg, for possessing two packets of crushed mandrax tablets and four “bankies” of dagga, respectively.
Later that day, a wanted suspect was arrested after he tried to run away from officers engaged in visibility patrols in Steenberg. The officers spotted a suspicious person running into a nearby house and immediately stopped to investigate. Further investigation revealed that he was one of the suspects involved in the petrol bombing of a house of a City Metro Police officer, and was wanted on charges of malicious damage to property.
The continued presence of Metro Police officers in Lavender Hill and surrounding areas resulted in 36 suspects being arrested for possession of illegal firearms, drug-related offences, driving while under the influence of alcohol and malicious damage to property.
The increased police presence forms part of “Operation Choke”, a five-day operation that came about in response to the shooting of Traffic Officer Wesley Woodman earlier this month. As part of this operation, police officers blocked off roads into the area, searched motorists and pedestrians passing through the checkpoints and executed multiple search warrants.
On Sunday, 14 April 2013, Metro Police arrested seven suspects, four for the possession of an illegal Z88 pistol and rounds of 9mm ammunition, one for the possession of 41 packets of tik, one for possessing 96 dagga parcels and a packet of tik and another for possessing an illegal firearm. According to Metro Police Chief, Wayne Le Roux, the Metro Police will indefinitely continue with Operation Choke in Lavender Hill and the surroundings areas.
“We will continue with our efforts to stabilise the area so that the community can live free from the fear of gang violence and shootings,” says Le Roux.
Various roadblocks over the weekend resulted in a number of arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol.
A roadblock in Philippi East resulted in 10 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as one arrest for the possession of dagga.
Patrols in Milnerton lead to the arrest of one suspect for possession of dagga, while officers in Bonteheuwel arrested someone for possessing 2 000 illicit Pacific Blue and Chicago cigarettes.
One suspect was also arrested in Bellville for impersonating a police officer, when a SAPS-issued firearm holster and an appointment certificate were found in his possession.
City of Cape Town Traffic Officers arrested 72 suspects during weekend patrols and operations across the city this weekend.
On Thursday, 11 April, officers conducted general enforcement along Nelson Mandela Boulevard and impounded 29 cell phones during the operation. A further 249 traffic-related offences were recorded including 173 for disregarding the barrier line and 17 for failing to wear safety belts.
On the same day, speed enforcement was executed along the N2 near Raapenberg Road and Nelson Mandela Boulevard. During this operation 1 080 speed offences were recorded.
Also on Thursday, an operation focussing on illegal drag racing was held in the Eerste River area. Two motorists were arrested for reckless driving, and another three on charges of drunk driving. A total of 21 additional traffic-related and 324 speed offences were noted.
On Friday, 12 April and Saturday, 13 April 2013, officers implemented a general enforcement approach in Long Street, Cape Town, after complaints from business owners about general noise and traffic mayhem.
Officers worked from 22:00 to 06:00 on both nights and arrested 24 drunk drivers, four motorists for not having the required taxi permits and four more on a total of 38 outstanding warrants of arrest valued at R39 800. Furthermore, 11 vehicles were suspended for not being roadworthy. Approximately 436 traffic-related offences were recorded.
Speed enforcement was performed on Table Bay Boulevard, De Waal Drive and Nelson Mandela Boulevard, where 2 037 speed offences were noted. The highest speeds recorded were 180km/h on Table Bay Boulevard and 138km/h on De Waal Drive.
A roadblock on Steve Biko and Walter Sisulu Roads in Harare, Khayelitsha, on Friday, resulted in the arrest of 13 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol. Around 50 traffic violations were recorded.
On Sunday, 14 April 2013, officers conducted an operation focusing on illegal drag-racing in Bellville, Mitchells Plain and Sea Point. They issued 1 463 fines for various offences, including 1 278 for speeding along Helen Suzman Boulevard, Vanguard Drive and Eisleben Road.
Also on Sunday, 22 suspects were arrested for drunk driving at a roadblock held on Sulani and Bonga Roads, Site B, Khayelitsha, and 39 other traffic fines were issued.
The City of Cape Town’s Rapid Response Unit arrested two suspects during Operation Choke.
One suspect was arrested for possession of 40 packets of tik, while another was arrested for possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition. Both suspects were detained at the Steenberg SAPS.