Police shut down 19 illegal shebeens in Khayelitsha

The crackdown also saw 450 people arrested for various offences, including murder and robbery.

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CAPE TOWN - Police have shut down 19 illegal shebeens in Khayelitsha as part of ongoing crime prevention in the township.

The crackdown also saw 450 people arrested for various offences, including murder and robbery.

Among those arrested include wanted suspects.

The police's Andre Traut says, "A total of 2,239 litres of alcohol with the value of more than R100,000 were confiscated."

Meanwhile, more than 400 people have been arrested by Khayelitsha police during several operations this past week.

Among those in custody include suspects wanted for murder, carjacking and robbery in the greater Khayelitsha cluster.

A man, believed to be linked to 22 armed robberies in the Peninsula, was also nabbed during tracing operations.

Traut says, "The Khayelitsha Cluster executed several crime prevention operations during the past week, which has led to the arrest of 450 suspects on various charges. Three suspects were arrested for being in possession of illegal firearms."

Some of the suspects are expected to appear at courts in Khayelitsha, Somerset West and Strand today.

(Edited Leeto M Khoza)