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WATCH | Bheki Cele slams maskless residents in Covid-19 settlement after 400 arrests in four days

WATCH | Bheki Cele slams maskless residents in Covid-19 settlement after 400 arrests in four days

Police minister Bheki Cele and an entourage of officers walked 4kmthrough a new Cape Towninformal settlement called Covid-19 on Saturday evening.

Cele stopped residents who were not wearingmasks and made them go home to fetch one.

Stop and searches took place on the main roads in the informal settlement.

Over the course of the weekend’s operations, 400 people were arrested,five illegal firearms were recovered and thousands of rands of drugs were confiscated.

“Since we are here in the pastfour days of operations,400 people have been arrested and 36 of those are for outstanding serious cases,including murder and rape. Last night alonefive illegal firearms with2,000 bullets were found. Somehave fake licenses and we are following all those things.

“We believe the impact ofextra police officers walking and entering houses and going into shebeensdoes helpwith a reductionin crime,” said Cele.

Earlier in the week, the minister unveiled 200 police officerswhowill tackle high crime rates in the Western Cape.

The officers are skilled in analytics, crime prevention and extortion rackets and will be deployed in the Western Cape for a set time.

Police minister Bheki Cele informs the media of their fight against extortion syndicates in Cape Town on April 8 2021.

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