On Sunday afternoon, 24 February 2019, officers attached to the Ghost Squad pulled over a taxi in Green Point Main Road. The driver was transporting 13 passengers. A breathalyzer test found him to be 14 times over the legal limit. Later, it emerged that the driver was also wanted in connection with a murder charge in Mfuleni. He had another outstanding warrant for a previous drunk driving charge.
‘The details of this case leaves one absolutely speechless. The frustrating thing is that we had a similar case not too long ago where a driver was arrested for drunk driving and it emerged that he had been arrested twice before for the same offence. We are often criticized for a lack of enforcement, but cases like these debunk that myth and point rather to other problems, like people not taking responsibility for their actions and a lack of action in the prosecution of offenders,’ added Alderman Smith.
Elsewhere, the Metro Police Department arrested 13 suspects for possession of drugs, theft, assault and drunk driving.
On the roads, the Cape Town Traffic Service arrested 85 suspects and issued 653 fines for various offences.
Of those arrested, 70 were caught driving under the influence; seven had outstanding warrants; seven more were charged with reckless and negligent driving; and one motorist was charged with crimen injuria.
The above information was supplied by the City of Cape Town Media Office.
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