Cities across the country may be on lockdown, but that hasn’t stopped criminals. From police killings to drug busts and break-ins, law enforcement authorities have had their hands full in Cape Town.
Within three days of the lockdown, 14 people were nabbed in the CBD alone for breaking into businesses that are closed during the lockdown. Three hundred public safety officers are now on duty around the clock to protect properties.
“These are guys that we know in the CBD, that roam around, where there were no opportunities before, they seem opportunity now,” said Mo Hendricks of the Cape Town Central City Improvement District. Once we made those initial arrests over the last three days, we haven’t had one reported case since then.
In a more gruesome crime, four men were nabbed in the act of trying to dump three bodies in the sea. The deceased is believed to have been shot and stabbed. Their bodies were wrapped in blankets on the back of a bakkie.
Police are also still on the hunt for two suspects who attacked and killed a constable in Khayelitsha during a robbery over the weekend. Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday
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