Watch members arrested

Mitchells Plain police confiscated 462 tablets of mandrax during a vehicle patrol in Grysbok Street, Eastridge.

Four Morgens Village Neighbourhood Watch members were due to appear in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court yesterday, Tuesday October 8, for allegedly assaulting a man in Westridge.

The three men and a woman, aged between 28 and 50, were asked to report to Mitchell’s Plain police station on Monday October 7.

Mitchell’s Plain police station spokesman Sergeant Jerome Voegt said a 26-year-old man had reported that he had been assaulted on Sunday September 8, at 8.15pm.

Five men appeared in Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court on Monday October 7 in connection with the confiscation of abalone valued at R100 000.

Strandfontein police responded to a tip-off on Friday October 4, at about 7am, and found four men deshelling the abalone in a wendy house in Opperman’s Oord.

The fifth suspect was found in a bakkie used to allegedly transport the contraband.

Station commander Captain Terence Malong said they confiscated 403 shucked abalone; 32 in their original form, some of which were still alive; green nets; fishing equipment; cellphones and a scale.

Traces of the abalone were found on the bakkie.

Captain Malong said they were assisted by the City of Cape Town’s Marine and Environmental Law Enforcement Unit.

The specialised Marine and Environmental Law Enforcement Unit was established in 2013 and its focus has been marine and coastal law enforcement, including inshore boat patrols.

The men will be charged under the Marine and Living Resources Act.

A 36-year-old man, from Eastridge, appeared in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court on Monday October 7 for allegedly being in possession of 462 tablets of mandrax.

He was arrested during a vehicle patrol in Grysbok Street, when the police officers stopped and searched him on Thursday October 3.

The tablets have an estimated street value of R18 000.

He faces a charge of being in the illegal possession of drugs.

Mitchell’s Plain acting police station commander Colonel Anthony Roux said they would continue to work tirelessly to clamp down on crime in the area.

He commended the officers for their hard work and dedication.

“We urge the community to form part of the structures and to contact their respective sector commanders with information,” he said.