Police curb gang violence in schools

Five people were arrested for possession of drugs in Hanover Park.

Acting on a tip-off, police arrested a 48-year-old Heideveld man on Sunday August 21 for growing dagga at his Sneeuwberg Road home.

When police arrived at the house they found a set-up with plastic crates filled with soil with the dagga growing inside.

According to Captain Ian Bennett from Manenberg police the man could not explain why he was growing the plants.

He was due to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court yesterday, Tuesday August 23.

* The City’s law enforcement social housing unit arrested five suspects for possession of drugs, stolen goods, and possession of burglary tools in Hanover Park on Saturday August 20.

Officers also issued R8 600 in fines and confiscated five hollow-point bullets and 20 mandrax tablets.

* A 28-year-old man was arrested after being found with a 9mm gun on Tuesday August 16. Manenberg police were busy patrolling in the area and as they walked down Jordan Street, they heard shots being fired. Police noticed a man walking alone in the road. They stopped next to him and, after searching him, found the gun on the man. He was arrested and appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Friday August 19.

He was given R800 bail and his next court appearance is on Wednesday October 19.

* Manenberg police arrested a 69-year-old woman on Monday August 15, after she was found with 45 litres of alcohol at her home in Sugarloaf Street. Police visited her house after numerous complaints from the community about liqour dealing.

Captain Bennett said the woman was arrested and released on admission of guilt and given a R500 fine due it being her first offence.

* Bishop Lavis police sector commanders received information of a gang that handed a gun over the fence of Modderdam High School in Bonteheuwel so that a rival gangster could be shot on Friday August 12. According to Captain Marie Louw from Bishop Lavis police station, police searched the pupils in the classrooms, but did not find a gun.

“The Bishop Lavis police will keep on fighting gangsterism in schools to make sure that the learners can have a safe environment to have education and finish school,” said Captain Louw.