Woodstock police and other law enforcement agencies arrested 60 people for trespassing on land owned by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) last Friday morning.
In addition to the 21 women and 39 men arrested for trespassing, two people were arrested for being in possession of burned copper cables, in the latest raid at the Mascani informal settlement in Railway Street, Woodstock.
Police also confiscated a plastic bank bag containing tik, a laptop and drug paraphenalia.
During a preliminary investigation it was also determined that one of those arrested had an warrant of arrest for an outstanding case committed during 2017.
All of those who were arrested, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s court on Monday.
Woodstock SAPS station commander, Colonel Duma Ntsezo, thanked his officers as well as other organisations which were involved in the operation. Among these were Salt River Improvement District , Woodstock Improvement District, Metro police, Law Enforcement, Metrorail, Transnet and Prasa.
He said there would be more “high density concentrated operations of this nature” to ensure the safety and security off all those in the Woodstock policing precinct.
During crime prevention operations on Saturday night, Woodstock police arrested a 53-year-old man for possession of 160 mandrax tablets, on the corner of Woodlands and Victoria roads, in Woodstock; and a 25-year-old man, also for drug possession, in Victoria Road.
Woodstock police, assisted by Law Enforcement liquor control officers, also visited licensed liquor outlets in the area, where they issued compliance notices and spot fines for loud and excessive noise.
The Woodstock police also ensured that all licensed outlets closed on time and that patrons were safe.