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28 arrested for drunken driving in King Williams Town over the weekend

Aug 22, 2017
28 arrested for drunken driving in King Williams Town over the weekend

Police officers in King Williams Town, working with the local Traffic Department, arrested 28 motorists, aged between 27 and 52 years old, for drunken driving during anti-crime operations this past weekend.

"This sends a strong message to all motorists that drinking and driving will put you behind bars and you will face the full might of the law," said police spokesperson, Captain Siphokazi Mawisa.

"Police are urging drivers to be responsible and have further warned that they will not be sympathetic to those who break the law. Police are warning drivers to think twice before having that ‘one last drink' before driving."

She said that police in King Williams Town also arrested more than 70 suspects over the weekend.

"The suspects, aged between 23 and 52 years old, were arrested for: fraud, rape, possession of drugs and dealing in drugs, housebreaking and theft, drunkenness, possession of stolen property, common robbery, common assault and theft," Captain Mawisa described.

These suspects were due in court on Tuesday and Wednesday.

King William’s Town Cluster Commander, Brigadier Luntu Ngubelanga, said police will ensure zero tolerance for crime that is occurring in policing precincts and will also ensure that communities live in safe and secure environments.

“Police will intensify visibility and will continue with stop and search operations which will result in more dangerous weapons being confiscated,” he added.

He also encouraged communities to work together with Community Policing Forums (CPFs), which are established neighbourhood watches that fight crime in their respective areas.