The cluster included the Bishop Lavis, Elsies River, Gugulethu, Manenberg, Nyanga, and Philippi East police stations, Western Cape spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said. The arrests and successes included 162 suspects arrested during searches conducted at 65 drug houses, and during vehicle check-points, stop-and-search operations, and roadblocks.
Raids on 49 shebeens led to 15 arrests for dealing in liquor without a licence and 638.46 litres of liquor confiscated. Five tracing operations were conducted and 18 wanted suspects arrested, and 36 suspects were apprehended for crimes against women and children.
Sixteen stolen vehicles were recovered – three in Bishop Lavis, eight in Gugulethu, and five in Philippi East. A total of 1105 spaza shops and nine second-hand goods shops were visited. Suspects were apprehended for cases ranging from murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, attempted murder, robbery, possession of stolen property, and various other cases.
Drugs confiscated included 174 units of tik, 156.5 mandrax tablets, 1052g of dagga, and two grams of heroin. Four firearms were confiscated in Elsies River, three in Philippi East, and one in Nyanga, and eight suspects were apprehended for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition
Some of the suspects had already appeared in court, while others were expected to appear next week, Van Wyk said.