City of Cape Town Agencies make 262 arrests during busy week

City of Cape Town law enforcement agencies arrested 262 suspects for various crimes in the past week and also issued nearly 70 000 fines for various transgressions.

Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith said officers impounded 190 public transport vehicles and executed 790 warrants of arrest.

Officers also arrested 45 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol and five for reckless and negligent driving.

Smith highlighted that officers had a busy week.

“It has been a busy week, most notably over the long weekend when many of our staff members spent their time patrolling public recreational facilities. Our beaches were incredibly busy, but no major incidents were reported.”

“As expected, alcohol consumption proved problematic once more. We will know in the next day how much alcohol was confiscated, once our Liquor Enforcement Unit has logged all of the items received at our pound,” he said

Meanwhile, the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre officers also responded to numerous domestic violence complaints in the days leading up to Christmas

“I’m also very concerned about the increase in pedestrian accidents over the long weekend, as well as the many cases of assault and domestic violence that were reported to the PECC.”

“With another long weekend in the offing, I renew the appeal to the public to please celebrate responsibly, whether on the road, at the beach, or at home”, Smith cautioned.


By Lulama Klassen


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