WC SAPS festive operations results in multi-million illegal cigarette seizure, shebeen closures

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The Western Cape’s SAPS Safer Festive Season Campaign has yielded notable results over the Christmas weekend.

In a plight to reduce crime during the holiday season, the Western Cape police arranged several operations to curb criminal activity. The operations included raids, roadblocks, and vehicle checkpoints.

The statement read,  “In total, Western Cape police visited just over 600 licensed liquor outlets over the Christmas weekend to conduct compliance inspections. The Safer Festive Season operations also saw the police closing down 21 illegal shebeens, charging traders, and confiscating 2 162 litres of alcohol from the illegal premises in areas such as Kraaifontein, Khayelitsha, De Doorns, and Calitzdorp. The operations which commenced on the evening of Thursday, 24 December 2020 until the evening of Sunday, 27 December 2020, also resulted in the seizure of 14 illegal firearms and rounds of ammunition with several arrests in Bishop Lavis, Phillipi East, Atlantis, and Bellville.”

According to the statement, police in Thembalethu, George conducted investigations into reports of drug dealing and seized dagga to the value of R570 000, a cash amount of R11 774, and an arrest on Friday, 25 December 2020.

Further to this, large amounts of crystal meth (tik) were seized in Atlantis on Saturday, 26 December 2020

In Laingsburg Crime Prevention Unit members confiscated 12 000 cartons of illegal cigarettes valued at R 7 562 000 in a vehicle checkpoint in the Karoo town on Sunday, 27 December 2020 at 22:00. The three suspects involved, aged between 33 and 38, will appear in court soon.

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Police spokesperson, Brigadier Novela Potelwa said, “Regular deployments on Western Cape beaches and other public places continued throughout the weekend. The police initiatives are set to continue with similar operations undertaken throughout the holiday season in an effort to create safety in communities for residents and visitors alike.”

The statement concludes by reporting that a total of 620 suspects were arrested for various crimes including murder and attempted murder from Thursday evening until Sunday evening.