Safer festive season operations continue in earnest, PE

South African Police Service

Safer festive season operations continue in earnest, PE
Safer festive season operations continue in earnest, PE

Festive season operations across the Mount Road cluster stations continue to yield successes as holidaymakers and locals make the best of the last days of the festive holidays.

SAPS Kabega Park with Provincial Traffic, Metro Traffic and Metro Police held a roadblock on the N2 near Baywest (incoming to Port Elizabeth). Traffic was steady and 308 vehicles were stopped and searched, 712 people were searched and 29 traffic fines totalling R33 500 was issued. Motorists were given advice on considerate driving as well as fatigue while driving. They were reminded of the Arrive Alive slogan.

Hotspot areas and malls in all station areas are saturated with additional manpower. It is alleged that at about 14:55 on 4 January 2019, Bethelsdorp Task Team members followed up on information about a possible firearm at a house in Burke Street in Bloemendal. The shack was searched and a 6.25 pistol, eighteen .38 rounds and nine (9) 6.25 rounds were found.

No one was arrested and the firearm and rounds were confiscated.

Mount Road Crime Prevention members arrested 4 males in possession of drugs in separate incidents. In the first incident, about 14:00 the members were patrolling the business areas which are still closed and noticed a gold Opel Astra parked near an abandoned building. Two males were found in possession of cocaine.

In the second incident, two males were stopped as they were walking from Cape Road into Westbourne Road. After searching them, tik and dagga was found in their possession. They were detained on charges of illegal possession of drugs and possession of suspected stolen property.

Roadblocks, stop and search operations, high density patrols and intensified visibility will continue to be the norm until the end of the festive season as we, the SAPS strive towards ensuring the safety of our citizens.

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