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Enforcement agencies show their steel in combatting crime<p>​‘The past week’s statistics bring the overall number of arrests in a three week period to nearly 600. This is nothing to sneeze at, and indicative of the hours that are being put in by the City’s enforcement services. Our resources are limited in many respects, particularly given the ever-increasing demands for enforcement in our city. Many of these successes are the result of visible policing and community inputs through tip offs. We have to pause to thank our staff and those members of the public who put community safety first by blowing the whistle on criminals,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPARTMENT</p><p>Officers arrested 52 suspects  and issued 5 319 fines.</p><p>Forty of the arrests were made by officers attached to the Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP) programme.  </p><p>On Friday, 14 May 2021, LEAP officers on patrol in Site B, Y-section, Khayelitsha, noticed a suspicious male suspect standing on the corner. When officers questioned the suspect, he confirmed that he was waiting for mandrax that he had just bought. He was then asked to call the seller who, upon approaching the buyer, dropped two quarters of mandrax when he saw the officers and fled inside his house. When officers searched the premises, they found more drugs hidden behind his house. Amongst the drugs confiscated were 116 mandrax tablets and 19 bankies of tik. </p><p>On Saturday, 15 May 2021, the City's Metal Theft Unit noticed four male suspects inside a Prasa substation in Hazendal. Three of the suspects fled and disappeared into thick vegetation. Officers managed to apprehend the fourth suspect -  an 18-year-old male from Bokmakierie. Further investigation revealed that the suspects cut a hole in the cage of the substation and had cut pieces of the signal cable. The suspect was arrested in terms of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act for damaging and stealing  infrastructure.</p><p>METRO POLICE DEPARTMENT</p><p>Metro Police officers arrested 75 suspects -  42 were for the possession or selling of illegal substances. Officers also issued 4 186 fines.</p><p>Early on Sunday, 16 May 2021, officers on foot patrol searched a suspicious male at Barnard Court in Woodlands. The 30-year-old had 297 heroin straws and R1 588 in cash in his possession. He was  arrested for dealing and possession of drugs and detained at Lentegeur SAPS.</p><p>On the same day, officers from  the Tactical Response Unit executed a search warrant at  a property in Walter Sisulu Street, Macassar. During the search of the premises, officers found illegal substances and various bottles of liquor. The owner confirmed that he was selling alcohol without a permit. </p><p>Officers arrested the 46-year-old man, as well as a 38-year-old female for interfering with police in the execution of their duties and resisting arrest.  <br> <br>Officers confiscated the following items:</p><ul><li>11  dagga cones</li><li>7  dagga cigarettes</li><li>6  parcels of dagga</li><li>1  compressed bag of dagga</li><li>194 x bankies of dagga</li><li>159 bottles of alcohol amounting to R6 500</li></ul><p>CAPE TOWN TRAFFIC SERVICE</p><p>During enforcement patrols, Traffic officers arrested 55 suspects,  impounded 157 vehicles and 183 cell phones and issued 73 630 fines.</p><p>Traffic officers also conducted illegal drag racing operations in the Bellville, Ottery and Athlone areas where they issued 548 fines and made eight arrests. </p><p><br>End<br></p>2021-05-16T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#4bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec;L0|#04bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec|law enforcement;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#b14aaeff-a3ea-40e5-9350-1440d1c04327;L0|#0b14aaeff-a3ea-40e5-9350-1440d1c04327|Metal and cable theft;GP0|#fa398fa6-831f-4358-9c72-e9afa39997c9;L0|#0fa398fa6-831f-4358-9c72-e9afa39997c9|SAPS10

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