KING WILLIAM'S TOWN - Integrative crime combating forces strike crime hard in Mdantsane, East London and King William's Town during Economic Stimulus and Stabilization Operations today. SAPS members from Mdantsane, East London and King William's Town, TRT (Tactical Response Team) members included, BCM traffic department and custom authorities converged at Mdantsane for the operations under the command of Major General Henry Vos this morning.
Safety of community members is the number one priority, considering the incidents that took place in the past few days. The authorities stop motorists during roadblocks held on the R72, East London Cluster and along the N2 in King William's Town and Mdantsane Clusters.
These operations were themed operation Fiela 11 and Economic Stimulus and stabilisation operations. Their priority are to address crime against women and children, Trio Crime armed robberies, carjacking, murders including police killing and taxi violence, proliferation of firearms, illicit drugs, stock theft, non-ferrous metal theft undocumented persons and gangsterism.
Stop and searches, vehicle check points were also held inside the residential areas of the above mentioned policing precincts in order to proactively intercept criminals transporting drugs, stolen goods in and out of these policing precincts as well as tracing wanted suspects.
More than 400 vehicles were searched during the high visibility roadblock manned in Mdantsane, King William's Town and East London Clusters. More than R50 000 traffic fines were issued to motorists for various traffic offences, ranging from driving without valid driver's license, overloading, unroadworthy vehicles, no number plates, driving without public driving permits (PDP).
Intensified patrols aimed at combating crime were conducted in and around East London CBD, Quigney, Southernwood, Duncan Village, Scenary Park, Nompumelelo, Mzamomhle, NU - 3, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, Highway taxi rank, Macleantown, Vincent, Berlin, Cambridge CBD and location and Amalinda, King William's Town CBD. Five (5) suspects, in aged between 27 and 49 years were arrested for selling liquor without liquor license. Five sheebens closed and 2 016 10 millilitres of liquor confiscated, fines to the value of R8000 issued. One (1) for possession of dagga, one (1) for reckless and negligent driving, resisting arrest and arrest on police official. Second Hand goods shop were visited for non-compliance.
Major General Henry Vos thanked all the members for their efforts during the operation. We are determined to make sure that our people feel safe at all times. We can't allow a handful of people in our communities to inflict unnecessary fear to the broader community. Let us join hands together to fight crime, especially crimes against women and children, he said.
Source: South African Police Service