24 January 2014
The City of Cape
Town said in the last five years it has
developed a whole range of interventions to deal with the gang phenomena and
the drug economy that underpins it.
Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and
Security JP Smith said the city has developed R28 million dedicated expenditure
projects in the city.
JP Smith the operation punch that
has been running for the last week already, in response to the rolling gang
violence across the city.
“The Operation Punch which has been operating for about a week now in response to the rolling gang violence in the city, and it is a great pity that the national police force and the criminal justice system has not been bale to impact properly in this situation and our conviction rate are low. in the absence of metro police we will do what we can even though we have limited powers and we are not allowed to do investigations". Smith added.
Meanwhile 15 people including a
South African Police Detective were arrested in Delft and Harare for
dealing in drugs and being involved in property related crimes. Smith said the arrests were due to
the successful operation of Operation Punch by the City of Cape
Mayoral Committee Member for Safety
and Security JP Smith said the operation has exposed a SAPS detective along with
several suspects, 9 people were arrested in a house in Delft. They were found in possession of drugs, unlicensed firearms and ammunition. The detective was charged for being
in possession of unlicensed firearm, unlicensed vehicle, corruption and defeating
the ends of justice.
"What it appears this detective was
handing over narcotics and possible firearms that have been confiscated in
police raids from one gang to one another gang or a group of drug merchants.”
He concluded by saying the same unit
in Harare worked with SAPS to arrest a wanted suspect who was linked to a
syndicate involved in crimes and during the search they also found mandrax on
the property who later was arrested for possession of illegal narcotics.
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