Weekly crime wrap


Western Cape:    On Monday 2017/02/06 at 12.15 five unknown black males entered Miah Superette in Southfield. One of the suspects pointed what was believed to be a firearm at the complainant, and ordered her to show him where the cash and cigarettes were kept. The second suspect packed the cigarettes into plastic bags. The three other accomplices went to the living room and pointed a firearm at the complainants husband and daughter and stole a Lenovo Tab, Sinotec Flatscreen Television, Three Cellphones, Various Biscuits, a DVD Player for a car and Air- Time Vouchers.  Estimated value of cash and items stolen is R23,200.00. No arrests have been made yet. Anyone with any information can contact Detective Sergeant Arnold Bosch on (021) 7107315.

On Tuesday 2017/02/07 Diep River Police Members as well as Law Enforcement held VCP’S (Vehicle check point) in Plumstead, fines to the value of R9,000.00 were issued.

On Friday 2017/02/10 from 20.00 till Saturday 2017/02/11 at 04.00 Diep River Police Members held a High Visibility Operation which consisted of ten Police Members, 22 Law Enforcement Members, seven Security Service Provider Members and 88 Neighbourhood Watch Members. Two VCP’S (Vehicle check point) were held, fines to the value of R19,000.00 were issued. Three arrests took place during this operation, one for Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, one for Possession of Drugs and one on a Wynberg case for Possession of Drugs.      END

Sergeant AB Gordon

SAPS Diep River

Corporate Communication  /  Contact number: 021 710 7309

Fax2e-mail: 086 481 1679 / 086 774 6441  /  E-mail : diepriversaps@saps.gov.za





Drunk driver proves to be a heavy load

A drunk driver literally brought traffic to a halt after his drinking binge caused him to black out in the middle of an intersection. This is just one of the incidents traffic and law enforcement officials had to contend with over the last few days. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Ghost Squad literally had to carry a drunk driver to safety during an operation in the Table View area on Sunday 12 February 2017.

Officers were conducting an operation focusing on illegal street racing when they came across a car that had entered the intersection of Blaauwberg and Jansen Road at around 22:00.

They found that the driver had passed out behind the wheel, with an empty whiskey bottle and a second nearly empty bottle on the passenger seat. It took three officers to lift the unconscious driver out of the vehicle. The vehicle was obstructing traffic and had to be moved.

Officers arrested eight more drivers for drunk driving and two for reckless and negligent driving after they were caught participating in an illegal street race. They also issued fines to 63 unlicensed drivers.

‘Drunk driving continues to form a large part of our operations. Despite the numerous warnings and the potentially fatal consequences, drivers continue to ignore the limits and put themselves and other road users at risk. The City has a zero tolerance approach to transgressors and we urge residents to work with us to ensure safer roads,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

Traffic Services
Other successes by the City’s Traffic Service this past week include:
• 96 arrests for outstanding warrants by the Automated Number Plate Recognition Unit, 717 warrants served, and 244 suspects released on a warning
•An integrated taxi operation in Kuils River resulted in the arrest of five suspects – four for outstanding warrants and one for assault. Officers also impounded 23 vehicles and issued 102 fines
• Various operations around the N2, Nelson Mandela Boulevard, Hospital Bend, Albert Road and Lower Church Street resulted in one arrest for reckless and negligent driving, one for drunk driving, and 3 023 fines issued for various offences
•In a roadblock held in the Philippi area, officers arrested 18 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol. Officers also issued 32 fines for various other offences

Law Enforcement
• On Friday 10 February 2017 a truck was impounded for dumping builders’ rubble in Duinefontein Road, bringing to 45 the number of trucks impounded to date in terms of the Integrated Waste Management By-law
•In the city centre, two officers conducting foot patrols were approached by two women on Friday afternoon who indicated that they had spotted a man breaking into their car on the corner of Church and Bree Streets. The man took a cellphone and denim jacket and the two women had been following him while trying to get hold of a police officer. The two officers found the stolen items in the suspect’s possession and took him to the central police station where a charge of theft out of a motor vehicle was laid
•On Saturday 11 February 2017, officers on patrol in Manenberg arrested a 24-year-old suspect for possession of dagga and mandrax

Transport Enforcement Unit
•On Tuesday 7 February 2017, two officers were patrolling the 236 (Sherwood Park) MyCiTi bus route when they received a complaint from a woman who had been robbed at Arion Drive by two suspects who then fled in the direction of a shopping centre. The officers responded immediately while calling for assistance. The two suspects were caught and taken to the Atlantis police station to be charged
•On Thursday 9 February 2017 a suspect was arrested for bribery in Dunoon. He offered an officer a R50 bribe to try and avoid getting a fine
•On the same day, a patrolling officer spotted a suspicious vehicle in the Atlantis industrial are


As at today, 13 February 2017, dam levels have dropped to 36,2,%, which is 1,2% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 26,2%. The latest actual consumption is 825 million litres of collective use per day. The City of Cape Town has now lowered its water consumption target from 800 million litres to 700 million litres for collective water usage per day. Read more below:

If we are to reduce the consumption to 700 million litres of collective use per day, and at the current draw-down rate on dams, we could be looking at approximately 135 days of useable water left.

While the City thanks all of its great water-saving residents and businesses across the metro, water consumption must be lowered immediately. Cape Town is in a water-scarce region and at all times, but especially during this water crisis, we need to use water sparingly. Level 3b water restrictions, which limit the use of potable water for non-essential purposes, are in place.

‘The City has adjusted its target downwards from 800 million litres per day of collective use to 700 million litres per day of collective use.

‘In December 2016, the target of 800 million litres per day was set and this was subject to seasonal variations which, among others, affect the evaporation rate of dams. These variations have caused us to lower the target now. In addition, we have struggled to meet the previous target and we will therefore need a monumental effort to reduce consumption further and to meet a target that is one hundred million litres lower,’ said the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille.

The City is one of the users of the Western Cape Water Supply System. Annually the metro uses about 65% of the water taken from the system, but currently while agriculture is still irrigating, the metro accounts for 40% of the use.

The City will intensify its engagements with the National Department of Water and Sanitation, who is the custodian of water resources and who is responsible for water supply. Restrictions must be adhered to as they were contemplated to be introduced during the design of the supply system as a component of the operating rules. This is the philosophy that has been adopted by the National Department in the design and operation of the Western Cape System to supply the municipalities.

‘In a drought situation, lowering consumption remains the most important intervention that can be made. The implementation of restrictions is a normal practice in water supply management and it is introduced during drought events as a means to trim the demand to the available supply. In a system with 97% to 98% assurance of supply, which is what we have, it means that in two to three years out of a hundred, there will not be sufficient water to meet the normal demand.

‘Our system is designed and modelled on the fact that the operating rule for drought years is to introduce the necessary levels of restriction to limit the demand in order to ensure sustainable supply,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

Warning notices have also been issued in the rates bills of some of the metro’s highest use domestic, commercial and government department water users in an effort to further reduce consumption. According to the January 2017 consumption, the highest water users are all using far above 50 000 litres of water per month while out of the almost one million customers that the City supplies with water, most households are using an average of approximately 20 000 litres per month or less.

‘Those who will not reduce their consumption voluntarily will increasingly be forced to reduce consumption. The installation of water management devices would assist households, businesses and other users with more efficiently managing their water consumption and this would result in financial savings as well,’ said Councillor