SAPS Media Releases

This information is extracted from the regular media releases issued by Corporate Communication Hout Bay SAPS:
Unless otherwise stated, all media releases/corporate communications are issued by:
W/O Tanya Lesch

Corporate Communication
tel  021-791 8660 / 78
fax 021-791 8661

The following details should be used to contact Hout Bay SAPS:
  • SAPS switchboard 021 791 8660
  • SAPS Community Service Centre 021 791 9300 CSC
  • SAPS Community Service Centre 021 791 9301 CSC
  • SAPS Community Service Centre 021 791 9302 CSC
  • SAPS Community Service Centre 021 791 9303 CSC
  • SAPS Station Commander 082 778 6622 Lt Colonel Nebhisi
  • SAPS Visible Police Commander 082 469 2921 Captain Lourens
  • SAPS Detective Commander 082 469 2576 Captain Bock
  • SAPS Communication Officer 082 302 8370 W/O Tanya Lesch
  • CPF Chairperson 083 251 7404 Toby Adams
  • SAPS email:

(Published by Hout Bay CPF on 23 August 2017.) 

3 March 2018 - Hout Bay SAPS: Media Release: Drowning
On Thursday, 1st of March 2018 at approx. 18:00 two boys (3 years of age) went to the swimming pool of Silikamva High School. It is unknown why the two boys went there and what happened. The gate of the school and of the pool was open due to ongoing construction on the premises. Children that passed the pool noticed the two bodies floating on the water and called a resident of Imizamo Yethu. He then managed to retrieve the two bodies and they were taken to the fire station in Hout Bay. Both were then transported the Victoria hospital and Red Cross hospital, both children were later declared dead at the hospital. The pool was full of water due to the water running from the mountain area. On Friday morning SAPS diving unit did a thorough search in the pool. An inquest docket was opened.
28 Feb 2018 - Hout Bay SAPS: Media Release: Visitor Security
This office would like to request that B&B’s and guesthouses inform their visitors, especially foreigners, regarding their safety. Many cases have been reported where visitors become victims of crime. Victims are robbed for their belongings and are sometimes even attacked violently. Visitors are not fully informed that it is not safe to walk in a deserted or badly lit area example, small alley ways on the way to the beach and beach area. Valuables should not be visible or carried in public places.

24 Feb 2018: Hout Bay SAPS: Media Release: Shooting
On Thursday, 22nd of February 2018 at approx. 21:30 a 22 year old African male was shot and killed outside OK Mini mart in Main Rd Hout Bay. Another victim was shot inside the OK Mini Mart and sustained injuries to his head, he was transported to Groote Schuur Hospital. A murder case and attempted murder case was opened. No arrests have been made as yet. All leads are being followed up to establish the cause of the incident. Anyone with information to please report it to Hout Bay SAPS or the crime line.

1. The management of the South African Police Service is committed to conducting objective investigations leading to successful prosecutions and improved conviction rates.
2. It has been noted that there is an increasing tendency to post photographs or videos of suspects on Whatsapp groups or on unofficial social media platforms prior to their appearance
in court. These images are sometimes leaked from participants in the group to the media. Such publication can prejudice an investigation or court process and can render identification
parades invalid.
3. The practice of posting and distributing photographs or videos of suspects on Whatsapp groups or social media, or publishing such images in any manner prior to a court appearance, must cease immediately.
12 Feb 2018 - Hout Bay SAPS: Media Release: Fire
This morning at 01h30 a fire started in the Dontse Yake area of Imizamo Yethu
It is uncertain how the fire started but rumour is that this incident is taxi related but this is not confirmed
A case of arson has been opened CAS 596/02/2017
One person was injured and transported to hospital and one fire fighter was injured
9 Fire trucks were on the scene to extinguish the fire
Thula Thula are the organisation dealing with the registration of burnt down dwellings 
More than 70 fire fighters attended to the fire
Superintendent Jack, Constable Cupido and 4 other Metro police members were on scene
2 Metro traffic officers were on scene
6 POP officers were on scene
Local SAPS officers and 10 other officers from outside Hout Bay were on scene
Disaster Management were informed of the incident and will attend.
12 February 2018 - Hout Bay SAPS: Media Release:
On Monday, 2018-02-12 at approx. 01:00 a male and two female friends were listening to music from a combi at Hout Bay beach. After a while they were approached by three unknown males, when an argument started between the two groups. The male then decided to leave with his girlfriend and they went home, the other woman decided to stay behind with the three men. The lady that stayed behind sought help from Deep Blue Security at Checkers. One suspect was then arrested for rape and another three suspects were arrested during the morning.
A rape case was opened. The suspects will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate court on Wednesday, 14 February 2018 on the mentioned charges.
In the early hours of this morning 4 males approached a vehicle in the parking lot near the beach toilets at the Chapmans Peak end of the beach. The driver and one female companion managed to drive away but the other two females were abducted and assaulted.
One femaie managed to run away and alerted Deep Blue Security at Checkers. Responders were alerted and one suspect was taken into custody followed later by another 3 suspects.
This result would not have been possible had the established Watchcon community safety network not been in place to ensure a coordinated response involving SAPS, Deep Blue, ADT, CCP and HBNW responders
It is only through our communities combined efforts to fight crime that we can record such success’s and we thank all who contributed to this case.
31 January 2018 - Hout Bay SAPS: Media Release: Warning of Recent Scams 
Hout Bay residents need to inform their employees (admin staff, security, domestic workers or gardeners) to be careful and vigilant for people knocking on their doors pretending to come and "look at your pool", "trim trees for the neighbour","inspect a water meter" etc. If you do arrange for people to come to your house, inform your employees. They can become victims of crime. This is how house robberies, theft and other crimes are committed.
It was also reported that the community received phone calls where the caller pretends to be a SAPS member and demand cash to be paid into a money market account. They are threatened and if they do not pay a huge amount of cash a warrant of arrest will be issued. SAPS would like to warn the community that the only correct way to deal with this, is to contact your nearest Police Station and make proper enquiries. SAPS would never ask you to pay money into an account for a crime being committed. You will either have to pay a fine at SAPS and a receipt will be issued to you or your case will be sorted out at court.

09 January 2018 - Hout Bay SAPS: Media Release: SUCCESSES FOR DECEMBER 2017: HOUT BAY SAPS
Ten drug premises were searched and 7 arrests were made for possession of drugs, where the following drugs were confiscated; 2013 grams of dagga and 401.5 Mandrax tablets.  90 shebeens were visited where 1847.43 lt of alcohol were confiscated and handed in as evidence. Four arrests for possession of dangerous weapons during random searches. 573 people were searched and 255 vehicles during vehicle check points. One 9mm pistol was seized after attempted murder was committed.
05 December 2017 - Hout Bay SAPS: Media Release: Crime Update
There is at present a 'spike' in crime in Hout Bay.
In reaction SAPS have made the following arrests between 14 November and 03 December 2017
Assault GBH = 12
Housebreaking and theft = 14
Rape = 4
Domestic violence = 6
Possession of drugs = 6
Theft = 3
Attempted robbery = 2
Possession of dangerous weapon = 2
Robbery with weapon other than firearm = 8
Possession of housebreaking implements = 1
Possession of stolen property = 5
Common Robery = 3
Malicious damage to property = 5
Pointing a firearm = 1
Attempted murder = 1
Liquor Act = 2

14 November 2017 - Hout Bay SAPS: Media Release: Recent Successes
On Tuesday 2017-11-13 from 23:00 till 06:00 members of Hout Bay CID had a tracing operation, which led to ten arrests. The focus of the operation was people of interest (wanted). These arrests included Robbery with a weapon other than a firearm, Robbery with a firearm, Violation of a protection order, Assault, Possession of drugs (Mandrax and dagga were confiscated). Four of the arrests were made for House breaking and theft. During the same day, 4 VCP’s were conducted, 18 people and 10 vehicles were searched, additional arrests were made. The suspects will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate Court on Thursday on the mentioned charges

3 Aug 2017: Media Statement from Western Cape Media Centre
Corporate Communication
South African Police Service
Media contact: Sergeant Leon Fortuin-SAPS Western Cape Media Centre
Tel: 021 417 7424 & 082 522 2618
During our continued efforts to create a safe and secure environment for the community in Hout Bay, crime operations were conducted by SAPS and other law enforcement agencies during the past week which proved successful. 
In a joint effort, SAPS and other law enforcement agencies were deployed in number to police the area. Various initiatives comprising searches, crime awareness campaigns, foot patrols, the tracing of wanted suspects and several operations including shebeen operations were conducted which led to a total of 174 arrests.
During these initiatives, a total of four arrests for murder, 30 for assault, 39 drug related arrests, 18 drunken driving, 18 possession of dangerous weapons were made and ten shebeens were closed down. 1493 suspects were searched and 681 vehicles were stopped and searched during 145 vehicle check points.
569 grams of dagga, 12 dagga plants, 3 mandrax powder and 23 mandrax tablets were confiscated during drug arrests. 304 traffic fines were issued to the value of R165 000. 471,690 litres of alcohol were confiscated during raids of 10 shebeens. 15 knives and one scissors were confiscated. One firearm and ammunition were confiscated during a vehicle search and the suspects appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates court. Three suspects were arrested for possession of 2164 crayfish and 237 crayfish tails.  

27 July 2017 - Hout Bay SAPS: Media Release: Recent Successes
On Wednesday, 2017-07-26 between 06:00 and 18:00 the following successes were reached by detectives, Vispol members and members from Stabilization unit. A vehicle checkpoint was held from 10:15 to 11:15 in Harbour rd, Hout Bay, during this roadblock a vehicle was searched and a 9 mm pistol and ammunition were found inside the vehicle. 3 arrests were made for possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition, the suspects aged between 24 and 32 years will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate court on Friday. During the same VCP, one arrest of a 28 year old male was made for Possession of crayfish, where 34 under sized crayfish were confiscated. In total 23 arrests made for Assault, Possession of dagga, House breaking and illegal immigrants and other crimes. From 18:00 – 06:00 the same evening another nine arrests were executed for warrants of arrests and other crimes.

12 June 2017 - Hout Bay SAPS: Media Release: Recent Successes
This last week many houses in Imizamo Yethu were raided for drugs. Mandrax, Tik and dagga were confiscated and CAS dockets opened. Shabeens were also raided and illegal alcohol confiscated
All illegal substances were taken out of Hout Bay and will be used as evidence in court

5 June 2017 - Hout Bay SAPS: Media Release: Recent Successes
On Friday, 2nd June 2017 and Saturday, 3rd June 2017 crime prevention operations were conducted in Hout Bay where different role players were involved, which led to many arrests. A shebeen operation was executed where more than 500 litres of alcohol was confiscated and one arrest was made.
Seven drug arrests were made; loose dagga, 109 stoppe of Dagga, mandrax, tik and a tik lollie was confiscated as evidence. Fines to the value of R25 000 were issued. Eight drunken driving arrests were made.
16 February 2017 - Hout Bay SAPS: Media Release: REPORTING A CRIME TO SAPS
Have you ever wondered why SAPS are under-resourced? 
There are many reasons but the main one is UNDER-REPORTING OF CRIME TO SAPS.
Reporting crime is very important but unfortunately many people feel that it often isn’t worth the effort. 
Yes, it will take up some of your time, but it is also your duty to those around you to do so.
If you do not report your crime you are allowing the criminal continue to repeatedly commit the same crime but government will allocate resources to where crime is reported and where they feel it is most needed.
SAPS has provided us with a detailed description of how to report a crime and we list a few points that we feel are important below:
Condition/Service Description:
This service is provided to any person who is a victim of crime.
SAPS will open a case docket and investigate the crime, effecting arrests of suspects and presenting the case to courts for prosecution
When a person has been a victim of crime he/she can contact the police by dialling 10111 or visit their nearest police station. If a police official attends the crime scene he/she will obtain a statement from the complainant and witnesses, if possible.
The police official will then go to the police station and register the case in the SAPS Crime Administration System (CAS) and give the complainant the reference which is called a CAS number.
The complainant must ensure that he/she retains this CAS number as a reference for future enquiries regarding the criminal case.
If the complainant visits the local police station to report the crime he/she will be attended to in the Community Service Centre (CSC) by a police official
The police official will first interview and then take a statement from the complainant and register the reported crime into the CAS file.
The complainant will then be given a CAS number which must be used for all enquiries regarding the reported criminal case.
The completed case docket is then allocated to a police detective who will carry out the investigation and all enquiries can then be directed to this detective.
The detective in charge of the particular case will complete the investigation and present the docket to the relevant court for prosecution.
The complainant will be notified by the detective when he/she is to attend the court hearings.
There is no charge for this service.
On Friday, 10th February 2017 from 10:00 – 14:00 an integrated crime prevention operation between SAPS, Metro Police, Law Enforcement and Traffic was conducted in Hout bay.
The following successes were reached. Two arrests for possession of drugs, tik, nine packets of dagga and lose dagga were confiscated. Eleven dagga plants were handed in. Total of R76 000 of fines were issues in roadblocks and VCP’s. Eleven packets (220 cigarettes) of counterfeit cigarettes were found abandoned by the containers in Salamander Rd, Hangberg . The Graffiti Unit, 15 workers and 1 officer painted 648m2 of walls covered in Graffiti in Salamander Road, Hangberg. Four fines to the value of R2000 were issued in the Harbour for Informal trading.
8 February 2017 - Hout Bay SAPS: Media Release: Successes for the week
SAPS Hout Bay have had some success this month. For February 2017 alone they have made 45 arrests of which 26 are drug related.
To maintain the momentum they need the assistance of the general public. If you are suspicious about your neighbours, relatives or friends, do you suspect they are involved in crime?:
If you have any information about criminals - be they murderers, rapists, robbers, hijackers, burglars, drug dealers, gangsters, child abusers, fraudsters, smash and grabbers or petty criminals, let 'Crimeline' know and they will get the police to act
1. SMS 32211: Please be specific! For example, if you have names, addresses, descriptions, etc. please provide them. SMSs are charged at R1.00 each. They promise not to pass on any of your details to the authorities.
2. Online: If you want to pass on information on this website, go to and complete the form
3. WhatsApp: Hout Bay SAPS own crime tipoff line @ 0717808601

24 January 2017 - Hout Bay SAPS: Media Release: IY Patrols
SAPS and CPF acknowledge the good work done by IY NHW Patrollers in the fight against crime, and require them to operate within the law at all times.
The partnership between SAPS, CPF and patrollers will continue.
SAPS has NOT instructed the IY Patrollers to stop patrolling, and measures have been put in place for SAPS to assist with foot patrols over weekends 

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