SANDF assists SAPS with Operation Lockdown successes


The South African National Defence Force (SANDF), by providing an Oryx helicopter, has assisted the South African Police Service (SAPS) in its Operation Lockdown in the Western Cape, which over the last couple of days saw the seizure of an unlicensed firearm and drugs.

The SAPS said its efforts yielded positive results when members attached to Operation Lockdown, Bishop Lavis SAPS, South African Defence Force and other Law Enforcement Agencies embarked on helicopter drops, stop and searches and visible policing operations in the Bishop Lavis precinct in Cape Town between Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

After the operational briefing members were airlifted by a South African Air Force Oryx helicopter accompanied by members of the National Intervention Unit and dropped into the area, assisted by ground personnel. During the operation, information was received about drug dealings in Valhalla Park and members followed up on this. When police arrived at the location in Agnes Street, Valhalla Park, they noticed a male that fitted the description. As they approached the male, he slowly moved away from his post. A bag was found containing dagga and 18 half Mandrax tablets. An undisclosed amount of cash was also confiscated.

A 42-year-old male was arrested on a charge of dealing in drugs. Once charged he will appear in the Bishop Lavis Magistrate’s Court on the mentioned charge.

Bags of dagga were also found abandoned when members were dropped by the helicopter near to Keurberg Road in Bishop Lavis and booked in as exhibits.

At about 09:30 on 20 November, members of Maitland Flying Squad were conducting patrols in the Bishop Lavis Area when they approached the corners of Lavis Drive and 35th Avenue and spotted a white Nissan 1400 bakkie. The driver changed direction when he spotted the SAPS vehicle. The members then gave chase.

A high speed chase then followed through the streets of Bishop Lavis, and members called back up. Operation vehicles responded in Sky Road, Bishop Lavis. The driver then lost control and the vehicle came to a halt. The occupants fled the scene with the members in pursuit.

Upon searching the vehicle a .38 Rossi revolver was found abandoned inside. Police also found a bag containing 209 Mandrax tablets worth an estimated street value of R9 405. No arrests have been made as yet.

Western Cape Acting Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Sindile Mfazi commended the members on the successes and for their commitment to ensure a safer area for the community of Bishop Lavis.