290 Suspects during weekend operation, Garden Route

South African Police Service

290 Suspects during weekend operation, Garden Route
290 Suspects during weekend operation, Garden Route

Concerted efforts by Police in the Eden Cluster in the Garden Route District and the strategic deployment of integrated forces ensured that 290 suspects were arrested between Friday, 6 and Sunday morning, 8 August 2021 at 06:00.

Of these, two hundred and twenty two (222) were arrested for reported crime, committed during the mentioned period. These arrests represent various criminal offences, ranging from petty to Contravention of DMA Covid-19 Regulations and other serious crime since the start of this weekend.

This weekend’s operations included high visibility patrols in crime stricken areas, roadblocks, stop and search operations with a special focus on drug and liquor outlets, illegal firearms, the tracing of wanted suspects and the confiscation dangerous weapons.

Most of the arrested suspects will make their court appearance in the local magistrates’ court on Tuesday, 10 August 2021, once charged whilst others were released on a warning to appear in court at a later date or paid an admission of guilt fine for DMA transgressions.

During the mentioned period, fines to the value of R38 500-00, mainly for the contravention of the Disaster Management Act (Curfew) were issued to offenders whilst members searched a total of 572 vehicles and 1148 people.

On Friday evening, members attached to the Eden Rural Flying Squad and Crime Combating Team pounced on a house in Dysselsdorp after receiving information of illegal drug activities at the said premises. Upon searching the house, they found a small quantity of Tik and almost a kilogram of Dagga on the premises. They arrested two suspects in connection with the illegal drugs and charged them for possession of illegal drugs.

During the same operation they arrested two more suspects who were found in possession of small amounts of Mandrax. All these suspects are included in above figures and are due to appear in the Oudtshoorn magistrates’ court on Tuesday, 10 August 2021.

Eden Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Oswald Reddy, commended the members for their vigilance in bringing these perpetrators to book. He reiterated that although seemingly insignificant for some, these police initiated interventions indeed prevented the commission of other serious crimes such as murders, robberies, serious assaults and domestic-related and Gender Based Violence.

Western Cape Provincial Management has lauded the members for their efforts that contributed to a safer weekend in the various policing precincts.

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