Man arrested for traffic cop shooting

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Cape Town - A man has been arrested for allegedly shooting a City of Cape Town traffic officer outside his home in Rocklands in March.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said a 41-year-old man had been arrested in Mitchells Plain on Thursday.

His arrest followed a tip-off to the city’s Special Investigation Unit. When police arrived at the scene, they found the man in possession of a .22 pistol.

The traffic officer was one of six city law enforcement officers who had been attacked this year.

Smith said: “This arrest is a very positive development and is the first breakthrough in a series of attacks on city law enforcement staff this year. I want to thank everyone involved in securing this arrest, from the city employees who gathered the intelligence, to the police for making the arrest. We will be watching the case closely and will assist the prosecuting authority as far as we can to ensure a conviction.”

This month, two law enforcement officers were attacked by three armed men when they responded to an alarm at the Moses Mabhida Library in Site C, Khayelitsha.

The three men opened fire on the officers, one of who narrowly escaped injury when a bullet damaged her uniform at shoulder height.

The two received counselling for trauma and shock.

Meanwhile, metro police officers searched a vehicle at the Bellville police station and found a Norinco Star firearm with nine rounds of ammunition hidden in a panel behind the radio. Four people in the vehicle were arrested. The firearm will be sent for ballistic tests to determine if it can be linked to crimes.

Over the weekend, 55 motorists were arrested across the city for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Twenty-seven of the arrests were registered in Gugulethu at a road block on Friday. A further eight were made on drug-related charges, four of them in Hanover Park.

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