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500 arrested in Khayelitsha operations

The arrests are a result of police operations within the cluster focused on ridding the area of criminality.

FILE: The arrests are a result of police operations within the cluster focused on ridding the area of criminality. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Khayelitsha police have nabbed nearly 500 people over the past week for crimes ranging from rape to drunk driving.

Eighteen suspects were nabbed for murder and 10 rape suspects were also put behind bars.

Police arrested more than 70 people for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Investigations found most of assaults occurred while people were under the influence of alcohol which intensified police's shebeen operations.

More half a dozen people were arrested when police raided shebeens in the area seizing nearly 500 litres of alcohol.

The arrests are a result of several police operations within the cluster focused on ridding the area of criminality.

Police confiscated drugs, including tik, dagga and mandrax as well as firearms during the search operation in the Khayelitsha cluster.

Metro Police, Law Enforcement officials and Traffic Services assisted police with these operations.