Media Statement from Western Cape Media Centre
The Khayelitsha Cluster police under the leadership of Major General Johan Brand have apprehended more than 450 suspects this past week. The arrests follow various police operations conducted in different police precincts in the cluster.
Some of the arrests were achieved due to g police partnerships with other law enforcements like Metro Police, Law Enforcement and Traffic. The arrests were for various offenses including Murder, Rape, House Robbery, Business Robbery, Robbery Aggravated, Assault GBH, and Housebreaking and theft.
Law Enforcement police, Metro amp Traffic initiated arrests like possession of dangerous weapons, possession of illegal firearms, possession of drugs, driving under influence of alcohol and dealing in liquor saw police making crucial confiscations. Fifty seven (57g) of tik, 202g of dagga, 11 mandrax tablets, two(2) illegal firearms were all confiscated during stop and search operations and execution of search warrants. These operations resulted in 126 suspects being arrested for possession of illegal substances.
A total of 18 suspects were arrested for murder, 10 for rape, 4 for business robbery, 3 for house robbery and a massive 75 suspects arrested for assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm(GBH) and assault common.
Most of the assaults occurred while people were under the influence of alcohol which is the main reason why the police have intensified the shebeen operations. Thirteen shebeens were raided with 471 litres of alcohol confiscated which led to eight suspects being arrested and charged for dealing in liquor.
The tracing of suspects operation by the detectives netted a total of 41 suspects who were wanted for various crimes. Thorough investigation by the detectives also saw two suspects being arrested for perjury. Swift reaction Gordons Bay police saw a 49-year-old man arrested for possession of abalone on Monday 2016-06-08 at about 21:50 in Beach Road, Gordons Bay.
He was caught transporting 15 bags of abalone (2855 units) to the street value of R500 000.00. As soon as he noticed that he was being followed by police he sped off. A vehicle chase then ensued and the driver lost control of the vehicle and collided with a tree. He was arrested and charged for possession of abalone and reckless and negligent driving.
Most of the suspects have appeared in different courts in the cluster and some are expected to appear on Monday 2015-06-15. Police have vowed not to be derailed by minority of criminal elements in their endeavours to curb crime in our communities.
Source : South African Police Service