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Cape Town – During the past week, 211 people were arrested by employees of the City of Cape Town Compliance Department. Mayco member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, said in a statement released on Monday that this was an improvement of 81 over the previous week. 85 arrests were reported by Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP) officers, while traffic officers impounded 230 vehicles and imposed more than 78,300 fines.

He said 37 motorists have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol by traffic police, while 12 have been arrested for reckless and careless driving. Operations were carried out by the Traffic Control Team, which culminated in the confiscation of 188 vehicles and the issuance of 2,956 fines for road safety offences. In Govan Mbeki and Vygieskraal Roads, where officers impounded 24 vehicles and imposed 563 fines for road and vehicle protection, an integrated taxi compliance operation was carried out.

During operations at five illegal street-racing events across the metropolis, traffic officers have detained 27 people. After one of the two suspects suspected to have attempted a hijacking in Philippi dropped the gun and fled into an informal settlement, LEAP officers confiscated a weapon from the streets. Officers secured the property in Hanover Park and evacuated the immediate surroundings after a hand grenade was discovered on the premises. The bomb disposal unit of the South African Police Service (SAPS) was called in. With respect to the Explosives Act, the matter was handed over to the SAPS to investigate.

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Visible policing has always been a deterrent to crime and that is why it is vital to have community officers on the beat. It shows that a difference can be made by their presence. A 23-year-old man was arrested in Mfuleni on Monday morning after metro police officers found him in possession of a 9mm pistol and seven .22 live ammunition rounds. 12 units of unga, 13 packets of methamphetamine, two cannabis cigarettes, two cannabis units, a ziplock methamphetamine bag and a mandrax tablet were also seized by Metro police.

Due to the steady robberies and intimidation of travelers, officers performed regular and ad hoc patrols on Golden Arrow buses. For our enforcement officers, the safety of motorists and other road users, as well as community residents, remains a top priority.

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