Written warnings for sex workers

The Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team arrested two men for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition in Hanover Park on Sunday April 29. Officers were on patrol when they heard five gun shots and proceeded in the direction of where the shots were fired.

The officers came across a man who said that he had been shot at and he led the officers to the home of one of the suspects. On arrival, the officers found two men at the back of the premises, one of them still fiddling with the firearm.

He threw away the gun when he saw the officers and started running along with his accomplice, but both were soon apprehended. The suspects, aged 18 and 26, were arrested and detained at Philippi SAPS. Officers also confiscated a CZ 7.65mm pistol and six live rounds of ammunition.

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Equestrian and K9 Units arrested a 27-year-old man for the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition in Manenberg on Thursday April 26.

The unit received information of a firearm being kept at a flat off Sabie Walk.

The officers followed up on the information and one of the K9 sniffer dogs led his handler to a bin in the yard. The officers found a 9mm Bul Storm firearm and 10 9mm live rounds of ammunition.

The arrest came just hours after officers arrested a 19-year-old suspect in Gouritz Street, Manenberg for the possession of eight rounds of ammunition. Both suspects were detained at Manenberg SAPS.

On Tuesday April 24, a 28-year-old man was arrested for the possession of stolen property, after speeding off from a vehicle check point.

As part of an integrated policing operation, traffic enforcement was doing random vehicle check points, checking roadworthiness and doing random breathalyzer testing in Klipfontein Road, Manenberg.

A silver Toyota Avanza approached the vehicle check point where he was pulled over by a traffic officer.

The driver slacked as if to pull off, but immediately accelerated, speeding off towards Gugulethu. Traffic police gave chase and pulled off the vehicle just over the bridge in Gugulethu. Four people jumped out and ran. The driver of the vehicle was arrested.

The vehicle and driver was brought to Manenberg SAPS where a search was conducted by SAPS members. In the vehicle they found a new Plasma TV with house breaking implements. The driver could not give a satisfactory explanation.

Detective Sergeant Daryl van Noie did initial enquiries which lead them to an address in Pinati Estate, Lansdowne. The owner positively identified the Plasma as his. The premises was burgled at 10.15am and the vehicle was pulled over on the same day at 10.45am.

The man was arrested and could be linked to house breaking by using crowbars to gain entry to premises. He will also face charges of attempted murder as he tried running the traffic officer over when he tried to get away.

An intelligence-driven operation was conducted by Lansdowne SAPS and CPF in partnership with Lansdowne neighbourhood watches and Law Enforcement to curb sex work on the streets of Wetton and Lansdowne on Friday April 20 and Saturday April 21. Stop and searches were conducted during the operation and four men, aged between 22 and 38 years old, were arrested for armed robbery and one for the possession of a dangerous weapon at about 2am on Saturday.

Identified sex workers along these roads were searched and given written warnings by Law Enforcement for loitering and told to vacate the area immediately.

Lansdowne station Commander Colonel Shaun van Wyk applauded all neighbourhood watch members for their commitment in participating during crime prevention activities to ensure safety on the streets.

Anyone with information about illegal activities can contact Lansdowne detectives at 021 700 9000 or 082 576 2804. Anonymity for information given is guaranteed.