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Traffic officer arrests double-murder suspect<p>​​​A City of Cape Town traffic inspector arrested a double-murder suspect on Saturday 4 February 2017.</p><div>The inspector was at the Somerset West driving licence testing centre when he was approached by a member of the public. The man informed him that his neighbour – a man in his 20s, residing in Zola in Lwandle – had murdered his mother and twin sister in the early hours of the morning. The neighbour had spotted the suspect walking along Victoria Road and decided to raise the alarm.</div><div> <br> </div><div>The inspector and one of the managers at the driving licence testing centre jumped into a patrol vehicle and approached the suspect. He confirmed his name and address and when the inspector searched him, he found a knife wrapped in a black bag on his person. The inspector radioed the control centre to alert the South African Police Service who later confirmed that the man was in fact wanted for the double-murder. </div><div> <br> </div><div>‘This is an absolutely shocking case and I hope that the police investigation is expedited so that there will be justice for the victims, but also the relatives left behind. I want to commend the neighbour who did his civic duty by helping to point out the suspect who might otherwise have gotten away. I also want to commend the traffic inspector for his quick response. It’s yet another example of what can be achieved when the public and enforcement services work together,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</div><div> <br> </div><div>Elsewhere, the City’s Traffic Service issued 3 462 fines during various operations and arrested 76 suspects, including 48 for driving under the influence of alcohol, 14 for outstanding warrants, 6 for reckless and negligent driving and 8 more for various offence including resisting arrest and fraudulent documentation.</div><div> <br> </div><div>The Metro Police Department added nine arrests to the overall tally during their weekend operations, including seven for drunk driving and two for possession of drugs. Officers cottoned on to one of the suspects while dealing with a service request in Wynberg. After closely monitoring the suspect, officers searched his home in Khayelitsha and found 57 units of heroin hidden in a secret opening in the mattress. They also confiscated a scale and a number of empty bags used to store drugs.</div><div> <br> </div><div>Late on Friday evening, two Law Enforcement officers were on patrol in Bree Street when they saw a vehicle slowly rolling backwards and partially blocking the road. They approached the vehicle with the intention of asking the driver to move, but instead found two men in the BMW with the steering wheel lock still affixed. The officers also noticed an Opel Astra key in the ignition. They started questioning the suspects, but the jig was up when the rightful owner made an appearance and confirmed that the occupants did not have his permission to take the vehicle. The suspects were taken to the Cape Town central police station and charged with attempted theft of a motor vehicle.</div><div> <br> </div><div>The City’s Law Enforcement Department meanwhile is pressing ahead with its anti-dumping operations. On Wednesday 1 February 2017, officers impounded a truck and a BMW with a trailer in Philippi that were being used for illegal dumping. The following day, two more trucks were impounded near Brock’s Farm in Philippi and near Sweet Home Farm off Duinefontein Road. This brings to 44 the number of vehicles impounded since an amendment to the Integrated Waste Management By-law. The owners were all fined R5 000 each and will be liable for a R7 500 impoundment release fee to get their vehicles back.</div><div> <br> </div><div>‘Philippi is one of the hotspot areas for dumping. I appeal to the public to play a role in our enforcement efforts by calling the Public Emergency Communication Centre on <a>021 480 7700</a> from a cellphone or <a>107</a>​ from a landline if they spot anyone dumping waste illegally. The more details we are able to gather, the better the chances of successfully prosecuting the guilty parties. This includes photographs and video footage. We are spending far too much money on cleaning up illegally dumped material – money that could have been spent on providing much-needed services elsewhere,’ added Alderman Smith.</div><div> <br> </div><div> <br> </div><div> <strong>End</strong></div><div> <br> </div>2017-02-05T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#26bb9055-f99b-47d4-9a26-8f248b80784c;L0|#026bb9055-f99b-47d4-9a26-8f248b80784c|Lwandle;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#4bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec;L0|#04bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec|law enforcement;GP0|#90ff6e6b-739b-4655-9dcf-f0afbedab142;L0|#090ff6e6b-739b-4655-9dcf-f0afbedab142|Dumping1

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