Cape Town arrests 333 suspects and records 57,485 traffic offences in past week

The LEAP officers recovered four firearms and two zip guns in Tafelsig, Manenberg and Hanover Park, while being at the Metro Police officers that recovered a firearm in Hanover Park with the arrested seven suspects.

Representative image of the Cape Town Police
Representative image of the Cape Town Police

Cape Town: South African Police Services has found no evidence in relation to 333 suspects that were caught in past week. Among the arrests there were two dozen suspects who were apprehended during an illegal street racing operation and at least seven others were caught in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Reportedly, in the past week, the city enforcement services arrested the 333 suspects and recorded 57,485 traffic and by-law offences.

The Traffic Service on Saturday evening, July 06, 2024 led an integrated operation in Mitchells Plain amid the complaints about illegal street racing. Following which, the officers arrested 21 for drunk driving and arrested two motorists for outstanding warrants and another one was apprehended for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Considering the enforcement efforts over the past week, the Traffic Officers of Cape Town recorded 51,855 offences and more than that they doubled their weekly arrest tally from 32 to 67.

Among those suspects who were arrested, 57 were on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, the three were arrested for reckless and negligent driving. The seven others were arrested for various other transgressions, including the possession of stolen vehicles along with presenting the false documentation or assault on an officer.

Arms recovered during the inspection
Arms recovered during the inspection

Additionally, the officers impounded 183 public transport vehicles and executed 1,815 warrants of arrest. The Law Enforcement officers made 191 arrests during the past week and issued 3,184 notices for various transgressions.

The LEAP officers recovered four firearms and two zip guns in Tafelsig, Manenberg and Hanover Park, while being at the Metro Police officers that recovered a firearm in Hanover Park with the arrested seven suspects. Metro Police officers arrested 75 suspects and issued 2,446 traffic and by-law notices.

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Safety and Security – Alderman JP Smith said that it’s been another busy week for the enforcement services with some good successes in spite of the many challenges and demands.

He also said that not only did they saw drunk driving arrests more than double but the Law Enforcement and Metro Police officers recovered numerous firearms in some of the most gang ravaged areas, where the city is deployed as many resources as they have at the disposal.

Smith stated that the week brought the new challenges as both the emergency and enforcement services will be tested in dealing with the expected weather-related impacts. The public can help by being alert to their personal safety on the road and in their communities but also by reporting any potential risks as soon as possible so that they can be attended.