Ten people, aged between 27 and 48, were arrested in Cape Town over the weekend, in separate incidents at the Grand Parade and surrounding areas for possession of tik, the South African street name for Crystal Methamphetamine, the City said on Monday.
Traffic Services also conducted roadblocks which lead to 26 arrests.
“Officers also issued 398 fines for various other offences. The Metro Police Department added 9 arrests to the list of suspects, including a 34-year-old man on a charge of assault. Officers on patrol in Langa on Sunday 7 January 2018 noticed a man brandishing a knife and being chased by a group of people,” City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, JP Smith said.
“The officers intervened and were informed that the suspect had assaulted a woman. He was arrested on a charge of assault and for being in possession of a dangerous weapon. The suspect was detained at Langa police station.”
During December 2017, law enforcement agencies made 1,895 arrests.
During December, metro police stopped 4,511 vehicles, tested 2,994 drivers for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), arrested 106 drunk drivers and had 139 drug-related arrests and 102 general arrests.
Six firearms were confiscated that had 75 rounds of ammunition and five stolen vehicles were recovered.
“Law Enforcement made 107 arrests, 10,532 traffic and by-law fines were issued, 376 warrants executed, 6,733 general impoundments, and Four vehicles were impounded,” Smith said.
The Cape Town Traffic Service was also hard at work as they tested 17,070 drivers for DUI, made 1,441 arrests, this including 588 for drunk driving and 449 for outstanding warrants, 269,609 fines were issued and 501 cellphones impounded.
“These statistics are testament to the hard work of our enforcement services and the long hours that they put in over the festive season to keep residents and visitors safe,” Smith said.
“It is no easy feat handling the crowds that come with the festive season and the often frayed tempers involved, so I commend the teams for a job well done. That said, we will maintain a high level of vigilance for the remainder of the school holiday and switch our enforcement focus appropriately once everyone is back at school and work.”
– African News Agency (ANA)