Ongoing Safer Festive Season operations in the Southern Cape yielded positive results with the arrest of 185 suspects for various offences during operations which commenced on Thursday, 30 December 2021 at concluded on the morning of 2 January 2022, at 06:00.
The combined efforts of various police units and counterparts from traffic as well as law enforcement further also resulted in the arrest 21 suspects for drug related offences and 14 for driving motor vehicle whilst under the influence of liquor.
On Friday, 31 December 2021 Eden Cluster Crime Combatting Team members in conjunction with the Western Cape Provincial Traffic officials conducted a roadblock on the N2 highway at the entrance to George when they stopped a Toyota Minibus taxi. A search of the vehicle ensued when police found 300 Mandrax tablets in the possession of one of the occupants on board. Police confiscated drugs with an estimated street value of R18 000 and subsequently arrested the 18 year old suspect on a charge of dealing in drugs.
On 1 January 2022, the same team responded to information about infrastructure damages and theft of non-ferrous metal near the municipal dumping site in George where they joined Municipal Law Enforcement officials on site. Two suspects aged 19 and 30 were arrested after a large quantity of copper cables were found in their possession. The estimated value of the recovered copper cables are being determined. The pair is facing charges of possession of stolen items as well as charges relating to the theft, tampering and destruction of infrastructure.
On the same day Mossel Bay police members swiftly responded to information about illicit drug when they pounced on three men at Crook Street, Mossel Bay. Upon searching the men police found small quantities of Mandrax and Tik in their possession. The members confiscated the drugs and arrested the trio, aged between 40 and 48, on charges of possession of drugs.
Furthermore, concerted efforts to eradicate liquor abuse led to the confiscation of 295 litres of liquor was confiscated when police closed an illegal liquor outlet at Knysna on Thursday, 30 December 2021. A 50-year-old suspect was subsequently arrested on a charge of selling liquor without a licence.
Other arrests were for reported crime, minor offences and contraventions of Disaster Management Act regulations.
All arrested are expected to appear in various courts once charged.
Western Cape police management commended the members for their vigilance displayed when deployed during the festive period. Heightened police visibility as well as blue light patrols at places of leisure where large groups of people gather will continue during the rest of the holiday period and beyond to ensure that the public are and feel safe.