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City agencies recover eight firearms in a week<span><p>Between Monday 8 April and Sunday 14 April, Law Enforcement officers recovered five firearms in Gugulethu, Philippi East, Samora Machel and Manenberg (2), and made six arrests.</p><p>Officers also arrested an 18-year-old suspect for the possession of an imitation firearm and four blank rounds in Mfuleni, and in Delft, a LEAP officer arrested two suspects after finding them in possession of cellphones and a blood-stained knife. They were later linked to a murder in the area. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/confiscated%20firearm%202.jpeg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1898px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>Metro Police officers recovered three firearms in Manenberg, as well as a replica pistol, and arrested four suspects. One of the recovered firearms was reported stolen in Hartebeespoort Dam in February.</p><p>'In the past week, with the flare up of gang violence in Manenberg, the City redirected staff to increase our presence on the ground. Now Lavender Hill too is seeing a surge in violence. We are doing everything we can to stem the tide, and the firearm recoveries and related arrests attest to that. While the City is pursuing every possible way to support communities being affected by gang violence, we cannot replace the role that the South African Police Services should play. The Constitution and national government assigns the constitutional duties and budget for crime prevention to them. As a consequence, I requested the Provincial Minister for Policing Oversight and Community Safety, Reagan Allen, to call an urgent meeting last week, which took place on the morning of Thursday 11 April.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/confiscated%20firearm%204.jpeg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>'In this meeting the City requested an urgent joint policing intervention and intensification of boots on the ground, investigative interventions and technologies in the gang hotspots and proposed a Joint Operations Centre which could coordinate these interventions. This was agreed to by all and the City continues to follow up with the South African Police Service to activate this intervention, which will seek to change the method of intervention in the past, to achieve more impactful outcomes,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>In general enforcement, the City's agencies made 336 arrests and issued 54 166 fines for various offences.</p><p>The Law Enforcement Department arrested 247 suspects and issued 3 702 notices for various by-law transgressions. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/confiscated%20firearm1.jpeg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:2536px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>Metro Police officers made 47 arrests, including four for drunk driving, and issued 3 087 fines for various traffic and by-law transgressions.</p><p>The City's Traffic Service arrested 42 motorists in the past week – 38 for driving under the influence and four for reckless and negligent driving.</p><p>Officers also executed 2 426 warrants of arrest, impounded 188 vehicles and recorded 47 377 offences.</p><p>The City's Public Emergency Communication Centre saw a near 20% drop in incidents over the weekend, from 1 913 to 1 559.  </p><p>Among these were 36 fires (161 last weekend), 651 medical incidents – down from 727, 110 cases of assault, 39 domestic violence cases and 56 road accidents.  </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2024-04-14T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#633591e2-ed41-4816-9750-3d5f5090deda;L0|#0633591e2-ed41-4816-9750-3d5f5090deda|illegal activity;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#4bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec;L0|#04bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec|law enforcement;GP0|#eb8032fb-303b-4fe3-970d-02f26914379f;L0|#0eb8032fb-303b-4fe3-970d-02f26914379f|firearms10

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