The Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement Districts have been instrumental in five successful arrests since the beginning of October 2008. These arrests – with three taking place in Green Point and two in Oranje-Kloof – include offences for house break in and theft, possession of illegal substances, malicious damage to property and theft out of motor vehicle and possession of stolen property.
The first arrest took place in Green Point on Sunday, 12 October at 11:00 after CID Security Officer Mukabe Ellies witnessed an intruder breaking into a residence in Dixon Street. Ellies pursued the intruder, immediately notified SAPS and once apprehended, took the suspect to the Cape Town Central Police station. Here he was assisted in evaluating and arresting the suspect on the charge of house break in and theft.
Only three days later at 06:05, CID Security Officer Pumxile Pike caught a suspicious-looking suspect inside a motor vehicle on the corner of Wegemeend and Hofmeyer streets in the Oranje-Kloof area. The suspect was taken to Cape Town Central Police and charged for malicious damage to property and theft out of a motor vehicle.
The very next day, Security Officers Siyabulela Mana and Henry Coetzee showed initiative and excellent observation skills while on patrol in Oranje-Kloof by identifying and questioning a suspicious suspect on the corner of Kloof and De Lorentz Street. The suspect was handed over to Cape Town Central Police station was and subsequently arrested for being in possession of stolen property.
The fourth arrest was in Green Point and can be accredited to a job well done by CID mobile driver, Mr Kevin Jonathan and his assistant, Mr Quinton Adams. They identified a suspicious-looking man on Tuesday, 21 October at 03:30 am. The man was then taken down to the Cape Town Central Police station for further questioning which lead to his arrest on the charge of possession of illegal substances.
The final arrest for malicious damage to property and theft out of motor vehicle took place on Monday, 27 October, late afternoon (18:05), thanks to the excellent work performed by Green Point CID mobile driver, Inspector Thembinkosi Yohane and Shift Manager Nigel Williams. Mr Yohane confronted a local Green Point wanderer and ‘resident’ in the informal quarry settlement, on the corner of Napier and Jarvis streets in De Waterkant after noticing that he was carrying two filled bags while he had no possessions with him only a short while earlier.
After Mr Yohane refused a bribe from the suspect, he detained him at the BP Garage in Somerset Road and Mr Williams immediately called the police, as well as the number last dialled on the stolen mobile phone found in the possession of the suspect. After identifying the owner of the possessions it was established that her motor vehicle was broken into and consequently all possessions in the vehicle was taken. The suspect was accompanied to the Cape Town Central Police station, after which he was arrested. He is currently in custody. The suspect – who is in his mid-twenties – has previously been involved in car break-ins and has outstanding cases pending against him. All the possessions were safely returned to the owner.
Says De Waterkant resident and victim of this particular incident, Melody Eleanor Kaye: “I am very grateful to the CIDs for their excellent service and the professional manner in which they dealt with this situation. With people like this watching over the area, I will always feel safe. The CID staff has a fantastic work ethic, a great understanding of how people need to be treated in circumstances such as this, as well as very high morals. I must commend Nigel Williams and his colleague for their fantastic support and thank the CID for choosing a group of people that are exactly what this city needs.”
All five arrests took place within the first four weeks of the appointment of new security service provider for the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof CIDs, Vetus Schola Protection Services.
Says Marc Truss, Chief Executive of the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement Districts:”We are grateful to our security teams for their hard work and dedication. The appointment of Vetus Schola has proven successful and we are happy with the results. Our team is strong and dedicated and we look forward to have a strong team and hope that this success will even further infuse our team’s passion to prevent and fight crime and grime in our areas”.
The CID patrol vehicles may be contacted on 082 214 3228 for Green Point and 082 217 1386 for Oranje-Kloof. For more info visit www.okcid.co.za or www.gpcid.co.za