One of 202 suspects arrested by the City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies in the past week was a 16-year-old who was caught “after clocking in excess of 200km/h on Jan Smuts Drive”.
A report from the Mayoral Committee for Safety and Security in Cape Town stated that a bit before 01:00 on Sunday, 23 May 2021, a Ghost Squad officer spotted a Golf 7 travelling at high speed along Jan Smuts Drive and gave chase.
According to the committee, the driver refused to stop – and disobeyed several red traffic lights.
After the officer called for backup, the vehicle was stopped at Old Strandfontein and Ottery Road.
“[The] driver was a very young man, who informed them that he had just turned 16 the day before,” stated the report.
“He had five passengers in the vehicle, all around the age of 15. It also turned out that the driver had taken his brother’s new car without permission.”
Since the arrest, the teenager was released into his father’s care.
Cape Town Traffic Service
In the week starting 17 May, Cape Town traffic officers arrested 90 suspects, impounded 164 vehicles and 198 cellphones, and issued 68,720 fines.
Of the 90 arrests, 51 were for driving under the influence of alcohol – while 27 were for reckless and negligent driving.
A learner’s licence applicant was also arrested and charged for fraud for cheating on their test.
Additionally, a minibus taxi driver was arrested after refusing to open their door and pushing over a traffic official with their taxi.
“The taxi owner later brought the driver to the Traffic Department. He was subsequently placed under arrest on charges of attempted murder and reckless and negligent driving,” said the report.
During the same week, the Cape Town Metro Police made 66 arrests, and issued 3,256 fines.
Among those arrested were six people for driving under the influence of alcohol.