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2022/08/22      |  Written By:  Colonel A Traut   |   Province:  Western Cape

WESTERN CAPE: 21 AUGUST 2022: The endeavours of the respective SAPS units to bring stability to crime ridden areas have proved fruitful as indicated by the results achieved during this weekend’s operations.

Yesterday morning members of the Flying Squad reacted on intelligence that a stolen cargo container full of chocolate bars is being offloaded at an address in Kensington. Upon arrival at the scene, two male suspects aged 54 and 60 were arrested for the possession of the stolen cargo valued at R1.5 million as well as presumed stolen home appliances. It was discovered that the cargo container was stolen at the Cape Town Harbour last week .   

In an unrelated intervention members of the Flying Squad received a complaint of a truck jacking at Saxonburg Industrial Park in Kuilsrivier. Their investigation led them to an address in Lingelethu West where three male suspects aged 37, 38 and 40 were arrested in possession of the hijacked truck and boxes of meat, also valued at R1.5 million.

To combat gang violence, members of the Anti-Gang Unit were deployed in Hout Bay last night when information led them to a residence in Zalmander Street where a 50 year old suspect was arrested in possession of an unlicensed pistol without a serial number and 15 rounds of ammunition.

The suspects are all expected to make their respective court appearances in Cape Town, Kuilsrivier and Wynberg on Monday.

In addition to the above, Operation Restore, and other SAPS related initiatives landed 2885 suspects behind bars during the past week for crimes ranging from murder to the possession of drugs. These arrests were accompanied by seizures which included 33 firearms, 503 rounds of ammunition, 229 dangerous weapons, 9412 litres of liquor, 4024 mandrax tablets and other drugs with a combined weight of 83 kg. In law enforcements terms, this is a significant blow to criminality and we are pleased with our progress to root out the evil phenomena of crime in this province.