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Undercover operation planned for Long St

MEC Dan Plato will be conducting his own operation on Long Street to recover drugs.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said on Monday he will be conducting his own undercover investigation into the availability of drugs on Long Street in the Cape Town CBD.

This follows an Eyewitness News investigation, which found narcotics are readily available on the popular tourist draw card.

Plato hopes he will be lucky in his quest to catch drug dealers on the popular nightlife strip, which is popular with locals and tourists because of its many restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

But he said this time his focus will not only be on dealers.

"I'm going to do a similar exercise to check police visibility and to check out the security guards as well."

Recent statistics show drug related crimes including robberies, theft and burglaries increased in the area.

The MEC did not want to reveal when his stakeout in Long Street will take place, saying only that it will be in the next 10 days.

Meanwhile, Western Cape police said dealing with drug-related crimes is a top priority in the province.

The police's Andre Traut said they were conducting 'frequent' operations in the area.

"Drug related crime is a top priority for the Western Cape police. The increase seen in the crime statistics suggests that more operations and more arrests are being made."