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Parolee caught on the back foot

The suspect is one of at least 405 arrests made by the City’s enforcement agencies in the last week – he was caught with drugs hidden in his shoes in Hanover Park. In the past week, the City’s Traffic Service, Law Enforcement and Metro Police Departments also issued 85 681 fines during weekly patrols, while the Public Emergency Communication Centre logged more than 1 820 incidents over the past weekend.

In general enforcement in the past week, Metro Police officers made 134 arrests and issued 5 306 traffic and by-law fines.

On Saturday, 12 November 2022, officers arrested a 26-year-old suspect for possession of drugs in the Hanover Park area.

During a stop and search operation, officers found 25 units of heroin hidden in his shoes.

Later, when the suspect was booked at Philippi SAPS, officers discovered that he is out on parole for a previous murder conviction.

‘It’s an unfortunate reality that many people who are paroled end up in the system once more, and it poses serious questions about our criminal justice system, and particularly the rehabilitation of offenders, as well as opportunities to turn over a new leaf once released. The City’s enforcement agencies are making hundreds of successful arrests on a weekly basis, and very often, the same persons are arrested time and again. We’ve said it before – there is no point increasing policing resources if the system as a whole is not properly integrated to effectively deal with those committing crime,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

Yesterday, Metro Police officers arrested two suspects for possession drugs with an estimated street value of R11 000 in the Gordon’s Bay area.

K9 Xena sniffed out 272 mandrax tablets hidden underneath the driver’s seat of a vehicle during a routine check – two suspects, aged 31 and 34 were arrested and detained at Gordon’s Bay SAPS.

In Bonteheuwel, officers chased after a suspect who started running away when he saw them, and then discarded of something while running.

Officers recovered a firearm with a magazine and three live rounds of ammunition, and detained the 35-year-old suspect.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Officers made 159 arrests in the past week and issued 6 251 by-law fines. Of the total amount of arrests made Law Enforcement Advancement Plan officers accounted for 141 arrests.

TRAFFIC SERVICES

Officers conducted roadblocks, vehicle checkpoints and speed control operations where a total 74 124 offences were recorded. In addition, they impounded 115 public transport vehicles and executed 1 487 warrants of arrest.

A total of 112 arrests were made which included 101 for driving under the influence of alcohol, eight for reckless and negligent driving, two for defeating the ends of justice and one for resisting arrest.

PUBLIC EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION CENTRE

The City’s emergency call centre logged 1892 incidents between Friday, 11 November and Sunday, 13 November 2022.

These included 707 medical related incidents with 87 physical assault cases and 11 assault with weapon calls .

Source: City Of Cape Town