CT police step up anti-crime raids in Manenberg

Heavily armed officers stormed certain homes searching for illegal firearms and substances.

A police officer restrains two men during a raid in Manenberg on 5 December 2015. Picture: Ilze Marie le Roux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Police launched an anti-crime blitz in Manenberg on Monday as part of a broader end-of-the-year operation to crackdown on criminals.

Manenberg residents leaned over fences as a convoy of police vehicles swooped on the area.

Heavily armed officers stormed certain homes searching for illegal firearms and substances.

At one premises, three suspects were arrested and a plastic bag filled with money was confiscated.

Meanwhile, the operation has been met with scenes of anger, as police officers had to endure fuming residents when they raided homes.

While some locals say they appreciate the anti-crime operation, they've taken issue with the way in which they are carried out.

They claim the police don't have the necessary documentation to search their homes and officers are too heavy-handed.

Some residents have also expressed concern over the operations taking place during school holidays.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)