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Suspected battery thieves charged<p>​</p><span><p>Just before 09:00 on Saturday, 3 February, officers attached to the Law Enforcement Metal Theft Unit conducted an operation in Elsies River. They spotted a heavily loaded car, and stopped the driver. Officers sought permission to conduct a search, and recovered two cellphone tower backup batteries from the vehicle. They received information that led them to an address in the area where a further 11 batteries were recovered. Four suspects were arrested and charged in terms of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act.</p><p>In Durbanville, on Friday, 2 February, Law Enforcement auxiliary members pulled over a driver for suspected drunk driving. They noticed that the occupants appeared nervous and sought permission to search the vehicle – officers recovered numerous articles of clothing in the vehicle; some of the items were still on hangers, with price tags attached as well as the store security tags. Four suspects were detained at Durbanville SAPS for possession of suspected stolen property. It later emerged that the vehicle too had been reported stolen. <br></p><p><br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/batteries.jpeg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:800px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>On Saturday, 3 February, auxiliary officers were driving along the R27 at approximately 22:15 when they spotted a vehicle driving with hazards on, and disregarding a red traffic light. Officers pulled over the driver who produced an invalid licence, and while issuing the fine, one of the officers noticed two bottles of cough syrup in the centre console. He sought permission to search the vehicle, and found numerous boxes of cough syrup in the boot. The driver could not produce any documentation for being in possession of the schedule 2 medication. He and his passenger were detained at Tableview SAPS. </p><p>On Sunday, 4 February, at approximately 07:30, LEAP officers assisted SAPS in a joint operation in Kraaifontein to collar a murder suspect who had been on the run for quite some time. The suspect was arrested at a house in the area on three charges of murder and four of attempted murder. A second suspect was also arrested for possession of a stolen firearm. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/mandrax.jpeg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>On Friday afternoon, Metro Police officers recovered more than 3 000 mandrax tablets with an estimated street value of just over R120 000 in Goodwood. They arrested two suspects, aged 29 and 27.</p><p> </p><p>A little later, just before 17:00, officers arrested a 22-year-old suspect for the possession of a prohibited firearm in Manenberg. They confiscated a 7.65mm pistol found on his person, with the serial number filed off.</p><p> </p><p>'It's been an impressive weekend of confiscations for our enforcement services. From back up batteries to schedule 2 medicine and even a shopping bag full of mandrax with an estimated street value of more than R100 000. Add to that the joint operation with SAPS that led to the arrest of a suspect on at least three murder charges and four attempted murder charges, and the efforts of one of our traffic officers caught on video, securing a suspect in the middle of a busy road in peak hour traffic, and you start gaining an appreciation of the sheer scale of the work being done on a daily basis. I want to commend our staff members for their ongoing efforts to maintaining law and order, in spite of the many challenges that come with the task,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p> </p><p>In general enforcement efforts, Law Enforcement officers made 210 arrests and issued 3 771 notices for various offences.</p><p> </p><p>Metro Police officers made 61 arrests and issued 2 466 fines for traffic and by-law transgressions.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Cape Town Traffic Services recorded 47 377 offences, impounded 188 vehicles and executed 2 426 warrants of arrest.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">They also arrested 42 motorists – 38 for driving under the influence of alcohol, and four for reckless and negligent driving.</p><p> </p><p>Between Friday, 2 February and Sunday, 4 February, the Public Emergency Communication Centre recorded 2 083 incidents. Of these, 882 were medical in nature, and 121 were fire-related.</p><p> </p><p>Staff recorded 193 incidents of assault, 55 domestic violence cases, 211 noise complaints, and 68 motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents. </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><br></p>2024-02-04T22:00:00ZGP0|#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|#377804c6-9c66-48b2-b50c-b2582824f5a2;L0|#0377804c6-9c66-48b2-b50c-b2582824f5a2|Drugs;GP0|#4bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec;L0|#04bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec|law enforcement10

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