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City’s enforcement agencies round up 196 suspects<span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:1366px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department arrested 43 suspects during operations in the last few days – 28 for drunk driving, 8 for possession of drugs, 1 for common assault and 3 for the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. Three more were arrested for possession of stolen goods and imitation firearms.</p><p>On Sunday afternoon, 5 March 2017, at approximately 15:30, the Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team received a tip-off about weapons being stored at an address in Hanover Park. They searched the premises and found a Glock 30 pistol in a drain and five rounds of ammunition. A further search revealed a second magazine, 18 rounds of ammunition and a holster. Two suspects were arrested for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:1366px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>On Saturday 4 March 2017, Metro Police members attached to the Tactical Response Unit arrested a 21-year-old suspect for the illegal possession of a firearm. The members were on general patrols in the Manenberg area when the control room alerted them to shots fired in the area. Upon arrival at the location, the officers spotted a man who bolted when he saw them. The officers gave chase and managed to apprehend him in Manenberg Avenue. When they searched him, they found a 9 mm Norinco pistol with its serial number filed off and 20 rounds of ammunition. The suspect was detained at the Manenberg police station.</p><p>On Wednesday 1 March 2017, Metro Police members were conducting general patrols in the Maitland area. The officers patrolled near the railway line and spotted two men and a woman crossing the road. Officers stopped and searched the trio and found them in possession of two imitation 9 mm firearms and two surveillance cameras valued at R40 000. The suspects were detained at the Maitland police station on various charges. </p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:1364px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>The City’s Traffic Service has arrested 152 suspects and issued 4 782 fines for various offences between 26 February and 5 March 2017. Successes included the following:</p><p style="text-align:left;"> </p><p style="text-align:left;">• The Automated Number Plate Recognition Unit held a number of roadblocks throughout the city and arrested 77 suspects for outstanding warrants, served 835 warrants and released 192 motorists on a warning</p><p style="text-align:left;">• In Operation Reclaim held in Area South, officers arrested eight suspects for outstanding warrants, served 48 warrants, and released 16 motorists on a warning</p><p style="text-align:left;">• Taxi operations in Kuils River and Delft saw officers impound eight vehicles, make one arrest for drunk driving, and issue 187 fines</p><p style="text-align:left;">• Ongoing enforcement operations on the N2, Nelson Mandela Boulevard and Hospital Bend resulted in 15 arrests – three for drunk driving, nine for outstanding warrants and three for reckless and negligent driving. They also issued 3 759 fines, served 171 warrants and released 16 motorists on a warning</p><p style="text-align:left;">• In Khayelitsha, three roadblocks netted 39 motorists for drunk driving. Officers also issued 607 fines for various transgressions</p><p style="text-align:left;">• In an operation focusing on illegal drag-racing in the Fish Hoek and Ocean View area, officers arrested 12 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol and issued 229 fines </p><p>The City’s Law Enforcement Department arrested a suspect at Mitchells Plain Town Centre on Thursday evening, 2 March 2017 for possession of a dangerous weapon (a knife) as well as an imitation firearm. </p><p>In Philippi, officers impounded two trucks for illegal dumping on Friday, and on Sunday the owner of a bakkie was forced to part ways with his vehicle when it was impounded in Marcus Garvey informal settlement for dumping.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p></span></span></span>2017-03-05T22:00:00ZGP0|#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|#377804c6-9c66-48b2-b50c-b2582824f5a2;L0|#0377804c6-9c66-48b2-b50c-b2582824f5a2|Drugs1


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