9 arrested in anti-crime blitz in Cape Town's CBD

Saps officers supported by the Cape Town Improvement District have been conducting raids in the city centre.

Saps officers arrest a man on the Grand Parade for selling illegal alchohol during an operation in Cape Town's CBD. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Police have arrested at least nine people in an anti-crime blitz in the Cape Town CBD.

The South African Police Services (Saps) officers, supported by the Cape Town Improvement District, have been conducting raids in the city centre, mostly focusing on the Cape Town Station Deck.

Acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says the operations are part of efforts to be more visible.

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Most of the people arrested were taken into custody for allegedly being in the country without proper documentation.

Saps officers patrol the station deck in Cape Town during an operation in the CBD.

Deputy national commissioner Fannie Masemola says police will verify papers of those who claim to have left them at home.

"Otherwise the law will take its course. They will follow the due process where they'll appear in court and further processes will take place."

Pictures: Thomas Holder/EWN.

Several other people have been arrested for allegedly selling counterfeit goods, while some stalls have been shut down because traders don't have the proper permits.