The early morning drama along the False Bay coast saw a Traffic Officer being shot in the arm, and four suspects arrested for their part in the brazen robbery.
A City of Cape Town Traffic Officer is receiving treatment after being hit in the arm by a stray bullet fired during an armed robbery in Kalk Bay this morning.
The officer was standing down in the parking lot at Kalk Bay Harbour, when he reported being shot and asked for help.
A few moments later, he witnessed four men fleeing from a nearby restaurant, and raised the alarm about the robbery, providing a description of the getaway vehicle, which was spotted by Law Enforcement Officers in Muizenberg.
They gave chase along Baden Powell Drive, and managed to catch four suspects behind Rocklands Sports Field in Mitchells Plain. Officers also recovered a firearm and the getaway vehicle.
‘The quick thinking of the City’s enforcement staff involved in this incident was key in tracking down the suspects who are now behind bars, and likely to face a range of charges. I commend the staff for their actions, and I would also like to wish the officer who was wounded a speedy recovery. The City will provide the necessary support services to him, including counselling,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
Elsewhere, the Traffic Service and Metro Police Department made 139 arrests during patrols and special operations in the last week and issued 4 379 fines between them. Traffic Officers also impounded 88 vehicles.
A roadblock in Atlantis on Friday 1 November 2019 yielded 19 arrests, including a 17-year-old who took his father’s light delivery vehicle and was caught driving under the influence; and a Nyanga resident who refused to stop at the roadblock, and was caught by the Ghost Squad after a high speed chase with 29 kilograms of dagga in his vehicle.
‘It’s been another busy week for our enforcement staff, and things are likely to be as busy this week, particularly with Guy Fawkes tomorrow and the criminality that has come to be associated with this misguided tradition. Our staff will be on patrol to deter those who want to get up to no good, but we also appeal to residents to please ensure that their children are supervised on the walk to and from school, and that they remain indoors where possible,’ added Alderman Smith.
The City reminds residents that there are no designated fireworks sites for Guy Fawkes and that, in terms of Section 30 of the Explosives Act of 1956, the use or detonation of any fireworks in any building and public thoroughfare is liable to a R200 fine and selling fireworks to a child or anyone under the age of 16 is liable to a R300 fine.
Members of the public with information relating to the illegal sale or use of fireworks, or any other acts of criminality under the guise of ‘Guy Fawkes celebrations’ should report this to the City’s Public Emergency Call Centre on 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or to the South African Police Service on 10111.
CITY OF CAPE TOWN – MEDIA RELEASE
4 NOVEMBER 2019
Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town