Cops probe drag racing crash

Sergeant Marco Van Neel, Sergeant Malcolm Buys, Sergeant Mzuyanda Shenxane and Detective Sergeant Randall Davids with liquor that was confiscated in Mitchells Plain.

Twenty-two-year-old Tafelsig resident Moegamat Petersen was killed when he crashed his Ford Sapphire into a bus in Tafelsig on Wednesday August 17.

The incident occurred in AZ Berman Drive between Bokkeveld and Langeberg streets at around 6.30pm.

According to Mitchell’s Plain police spokesman Captain Ian Williams, the drivers of two cars, one of which was the Ford Sapphire, had allegedly been drag racing in the street and had tried to overtake a Golden Arrow bus.

“When the police arrived, a white Ford Sapphire had collided with the back of the bus. The driver of the motor vehicle passed away on the scene,” he said.

Captain Williams said no one else was injured, and the driver of the other vehicle fled the scene.

Anyone with information about the second vehicle or driver is asked to contact the investigation officer Detective Constable Jonathan Jacobs of Mitchell’s Plain Crime Investigation Department on 064 4 793 038 or 021 370 1754.

* A pensioner, aged 61, was arrested when police fround 60g of heroin hidden in the bathroom of her Korfball Street home in Beacon Valley on Friday August 19. According to police she is a notorious drug dealer in the area.

The woman faces a charge of drug possession and is expected to soon appear in court.

* A man, 41, was arrested for being in possession of a 9mm a Z88 pistol, with 13 rounds of ammunition in a magazine, and one 9mm round in Oppelskop Crescent in Tafelsig, on Sunday August 21.

The man faces a charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and is expected to soon appear in court. The firearm had been reported stolen in Strand during June 2007.

Captain Williams said the police encourage residents to be responsible with their firearms – and to ensure they are acquired legally.

“Please ensure that your firearm is stored in a safe. Ensure that the key is in a safe place and the code is kept secret. Keep firearms away from children and teach them that a firearm is not a toy. Report any lost firearms immediately,” he said.

* A man, 47, was arrested for trading liquor without a license in Cuckoo Street in Rocklands on Tuesday August 16.

This occured when Mitchell’s Plain police’s designated liquor officers and other police officers conducted a special sector commanders operation. The police found 202.3 litres of liquor inside the house.

The suspect is expected to appear in court soon.

* Captain Williams said the policing precinct is experiencing high levels of domestic volence-related crimes.

“Alcohol and substance abuse are seen as contributing factors for these types of crimes. Unregistered and unscrupulous liquor dealers do not comply with the law and often sell alcohol to underaged persons and persons already intoxicated.

“We want to encourage those who drink to do so in a responsible manner. Licensed liquor outlets are encouraged to comply with the law and not sell to unregistered liquor dealers,” he said.

Captain Williams said all licensed liquor outlets are required by law to display their business name, liquor license number and trading hours.

He said residents must report all unlicensed liquor dealers. Residents can report and remain anonymous, contact 0860 10111 or SMS to 35393.