BY KEDIBONE MOLAETSI
The Northern Cape Police held a high density operation to concentrate on crime hotpots in Kimberley CBD recently.
The provincial police spokesperson, Capt Sergio Kock said the operation consists of SAPS Provincial Office, Frances Baard Cluster Office, Kimberley Police Station, SAPS Airwing, Public Order Policing, Flying Squad, K9 unit, Tactical Response Team, Detectives and the SAPS Crime Intelligence.
“The operation concentrated on air, vehicle, motor cycles, bicycles and foot patrols. The Kimberley CBD was painted blue with all the police officers on patrol while stop and searches at taxi ranks, ATM’s, taverns and shopping centres were at the order of the day. Police also patrolled the Diamond Pavilion and North Cape Malls during this action.
“A 35 year-old wanted male suspect for robbery was arrested and the Kimberley SAPS Crime Prevention also followed up on leads of drug sales at the Indian Centre in Kimberley. Police searched the vehicle and found 245 Mandrax tablets stashed under the driver seat. They also confiscated the drugs and the red Mazda Sting that the suspect was travelling in,” Kock said.
He further said the approximate street value of the drugs was R2500.
In another incident at a taxi rank in the CBD, a 25-year-old male suspect was arrested for being in possession of 2g of dagga. Kock said the police also made sure that all dangerous weapons such as knives and pangas were confiscated during the operations.
The Frances Baard Cluster commander, Maj Gen Jean Abrahams applauded the police members for their vigilance. Abrahams also lauded the community for their assistance and patience during the operations.
“We will surely be having more of these operations in the coming weeks especially as we are approaching the Easter Holidays.”