Minister of Police Bheki Cele and the national police commissioner General Khehla John Sithole with his national team boarded the train at Chris Hani station in Khayelitsha and travelled with commuters to Cape Town last week.
On their arrival in Cape Town, Mr Cele and General Sithole interacted with commuters at the railway station foyer, station deck and taxi rank, and did a walkabout in the CBD. During that time Cape Central police station conducted a crime prevention operation with the City’s Metro Police and Law Enforcement, Metrorail, and other police tactical response teams.
Ninety taxis and 929 people were searched and 84 fines were issued to the value of R83 900. Police also arrested five people for possession of drugs and confiscated one unit of mandrax; two units of unga; two tik lollies with tik; a parcel of dagga; a car remote; a GPS, Specsavers glasses and surgery clothing that belonged to a Dr C Corizin.
Between Friday May 18 and Sunday May 20, Cape Town Central police held various operations, and arrested 89 people for various crimes including three men for property-related crime; three men for theft from a motor vehicle; four people for theft and 42 people for possession of drugs.
The police confiscated 8g of dagga; 6g of cocaine powder, 1.29g of crystal meth; 0.3g of heroin, 5.22g of mandrax powder and 20.5 mandrax tablets while patrolling the streets. They also confiscated seven rounds of ammunition; nine bank cards; four bottle necks, camping equipment, store cards, four cellphone batteries, two CDs, a drug pipe, a hose pipe, a stolen identity document, house-breaking implements, air gun pellets, a stolen passport, 26 spark plugs, two sport bags, 11 tik pipes, a torch, a wallet and a purse during the weekend’s operations.
Five people were also arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.