Over 2000 people fined in Western Cape for contravening adjusted level 3 curfew
Western Cape police said that it recorded fewer crime incidents and significant successes since New Year’s Eve.
The police’s Novela Potelwa said that a total of 2 915 fines were issued for contravening the Disaster Management Act regulations.
‘’The majority of the transgressions (2185) were for failure to confine in place of residence between 21:00 and 6:00.’’
Potelwa added that 29 illegal shebeens were closed down with 32 arrests for sale, dispensing and distributing liquor. A total of 11 000 litres of alcohol were confiscated during the policing operations over the weekend.
Meanwhile, Belhar police got a tip-off about firearms at a house in Extension 13 in the area on New Years Day. Upon searching the premises, they discovered 3 unlicensed firearms. Two suspects aged 48 & 62 were arrested.
‘’The area where the discovery was made is notorious for gang fights. The suspects will appear in court on Monday on charges of illegal possession of firearms.’’ said Potelwa.
Police officials were also deployed on beaches along the Garden Route, Overberg, West Coast and Cape Town to ensure adherence to level 3 restrictions.
Addressing the nation on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that all beaches, dams, lakes and rivers, inclusive of all recreational facilities at these places, are closed to the public.
The police spokesperson said that while most beaches were deserted, there were a few transgressors who were dealt with.
‘’During compliance inspections on beaches in the Overberg on Friday police removed and fined 15 persons from three beaches in Pringle Bay, Onrus and Castle Beach. Fines to the value of R15 000 were issued.’’
Done By: Mitchum George