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Lawbreakers keep enforcement agencies busy<p>The City’s Metro Police Department made 20 arrests in the last week for drunken driving, possession of stolen property, malicious damage to Council property and possesion of drugs.</p><p>One of those arrested was a 13-year-old boy who was found in possession of 10 dagga cigarettes in Hanover Park. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:802px;" /> </figure>​​ <blockquote cite=""> <p> <em>​​​​"We know that gangs and drug dealers use children for their dirty work, but it still smarts when our officers catch children involved in illicit activities. I appeal to parents to keep tabs on their children and who they’re associating with and to raise the alarm if they suspect their child is being used as a drug or gun runner."</em>​ <b>Alderman JP Smith</b><cite>City Mayoral Committee Member: Safety and Security</cite></p></blockquote><p>On the roads and beaches, Metro Police issued a number of fines for by-law and traffic transgressions, but they also stopped off at Blue Route Mall to raise awareness about public safety over the holiday period in particular (pictured).</p><p>The City’s Law Enforcement Department has meanwhile collected nearly 5 000 litres of alcohol at its storage facility in Ndabeni, comprising of 6 725 bottles of beer, spirits and wine that was confiscated from beaches and other public spaces.</p><p>On Reconciliation Day, the Law Enforcement Marine Unit rescued a 22-year-old man from Khayelitsha who had gotten into difficulty in the water at Monwabisi. He was unconscious when officers brought him to shore, but they were able to resuscitate him before he was transported to hospital. In Fish Hoek, officers and lifeguards teamed up to arrest a 31-year-old suspected gang member who had stabbed a member of the public. </p><p>The Transport Enforcement Unit arrested a suspect on a MyCiTi bus after receiving a complaint that the man was armed. When they searched him, they did not find a firearm, but 17 dagga ‘stoppe’ instead. The suspect led them to a house in Atlantis where officers arrested another suspect after finding more dagga hidden in the bathroom.</p><p>On the roads, Cape Town Traffic Services checked 508 long-distance buses and taxis during the first six days of Operation Exodus at various public transport interchanges. Just over a quarter of vehicles checked (141) failed the roadworthy tests. At the various Exodus-related vehicle checkpoints around the metropole, officers fined 1 545 drivers for being unlicensed, recorded more than 23 000 speeding offences and found 119 vehicles to be overloaded. They also arrested 45 motorists for drunk driving, reckless and negligent driving, crimen injuria, being in possession of drugs and stolen property and for outstanding warrants.</p><p>Cape Town Traffic Services also had the following weekend successes:</p><p></p><ul><li>drunk driving arrests at a roadblock in Kleinvlei on Thursday 15 December<br></li><li>Eight arrests for drunk driving and one for possession of drugs at a roadblock in Ravensmead<br></li><li>10 drunk driving arrests in Khayelitsha and Strandfontein<br></li><li>16 drunk driving arrests and three reckless and negligent driving arrests in Durbanville<br></li></ul><p></p><p>‘It’s already been a busy month and the peak days are still ahead, so I appeal to the public to keep their wits about them at all times. Leave the alcohol at home; get a designated driver if you insist on drinking and exercise extreme caution when swimming. We’ve already had five confirmed fatal drowning incidents at the beaches and we don’t want to lose anyone else in this manner,’ added Alderman Smith.</p> <br> <strong>End</strong>2016-12-18T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#26eb1cce-7a65-4510-a4ed-6d56da219306;L0|#026eb1cce-7a65-4510-a4ed-6d56da219306|Metro Police Department;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#3bd13869-3207-4532-9db7-a4ca95867a50;L0|#03bd13869-3207-4532-9db7-a4ca95867a50|JP Smith;GPP|#3f57ea8a-3adb-4a8f-bb3a-0a20a62c7fe9;GP0|#25923664-a01e-441c-8762-8f1586587c09;L0|#025923664-a01e-441c-8762-8f1586587c09|Operation Exodus;GP0|#4bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec;L0|#04bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec|law enforcement;GP0|#51755dd8-7376-4d07-b6e1-c8eb15809074;L0|#051755dd8-7376-4d07-b6e1-c8eb15809074|traffic enforcement1


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