Cape Town - The Metro Police Department has confiscated two imitation firearms used in robberies in the last week.
On Wednesday, 21 November, a member of the public was robbed at gunpoint of his cellphone. He alerted Metro Police officers on patrol in the area who set off after the suspects. The men, aged 23 and 26 were found in possession of an imitation firearm and a cellphone.
In Goodwood on Monday 19 November, a similar incident occurred, with the robbers jumping into a taxi to make their getaway. Officers stopped the vehicle along Jakes Gerwel Drive and after a short foot chase, apprehended the suspects (29 & 31) and detained them at Goodwood SAPS.
Elsewhere, a 33-year-old woman found herself on the wrong side of the law in Khayelitsha on Thursday. Metro Police officers on patrol in the area spotted a Hyundai i10 at a four-way stop, without a number plate. They pulled over the vehicle, but the driver and another passenger bolted, leaving behind a female passenger. A check on the vehicle confirmed that it had been stolen in Brackenfell. The 33-year-old woman was arrested on a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle and detained at Harare SAPS.
On the roads, the Metro Police Department arrested 39 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol this past weekend. Seven more suspects were arrested on a range of charges including possession of drugs, robbery and attempted murder.
Officers also assisted 48 stranded motorists along the N2 and R300 to prevent them from falling victim to crime.
Traffic officers also arrested 88 motorists and issued just over two thousand fines in the last week. 71 arrests were made for driving under the influence of alcohol, with 27 arrests at a single roadblock in Wynberg on Friday evening.
Officers also arrested 13 drivers who had outstanding warrants.
In recent days there have been at least two fatal collisions that have claimed five lives. Indications at this stage are that speed played a role in both incidents.
With the festive season ahead, Cape Town Traffic reminds road users to steer clear of drinking and driving as well as texting and driving, to obey the speed limits and to wear their seatbelts at all times.