Police Turn Up Heat On Crime Over Busy Weekend

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The South African Police Service and Metro Police have had their hands full during crime prevention operations across Cape Town over the weekend.

Western Cape police reported arrests in Ravensmead, Delft, Sea Point and Khayelitsha while Metro Police arrested suspects in Hanover Park, Mitchell’s Plain and Lansdowne.

Cape Town Traffic officers also made arrests in Bellville, Athlone, Ottery, Milnerton and the Atlantic Seaboard.

Police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana said on Saturday night Provincial Integrated Team officers embarked on operations in Khayelitsha, where two men were arrested for possession of ammunition.

“The vehicle they were traveling in was stopped between S block and Pama Road in Khayelitsha on Saturday evening. Upon searching their vehicle, rounds of ammunition and a magazine were found. Both men aged 35 and 38 were arrested,” Rwexana said.

She said the same team confiscated 75 packets of dagga in Nkanini on Saturday.

“On Friday evening, a police operation in Sea Point led to the discovery of drugs including tik and mandrax tablets in the public toilets on Beach Road. A 42-year-old man from Khayelitsha was subsequently arrested for possession of drugs,” Rwexana said.

She added that four suspects between the ages of 23 and 38 were arrested in Delft after a 9mm firearm with 15 rounds of ammunition was confiscated during a stop and go operation on Thursday evening.

“A 27-year-old suspect was also arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition during another stop and search operation in Delft.”

In Ravensmead, police witnessed a fight between two men in Eureka Estate on Friday, Rwexana said.

“The police approached the two and found one with an unlicensed firearm with ammunition. The 32-year-old was arrested for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.”

She said three vehicles, one stolen, another hijacked and one other, used in the commission of a crime, were also confiscated during the weekend operations.

Meanwhile, according to City mayco member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, in the past week 179 suspects have been arrested during operations by three law enforcement services.

“They also issued 73 147 fines and impounded various items, including 166 vehicles, 202 cellphones, drugs, ammunition and alcohol,” Smith said.