“PAINT BOTHASIG BLUE” project and surprise Family Day

Bothasig SAPS Warrant Officers Gert Vorster and Arno Neethling with Maureen Beukes, Julie Barret and the happy children from Maureen’s Daycare in Bothasig.
Bothasig SAPS Warrant Officers Gert Vorster and Arno Neethling with Maureen Beukes, Julie Barret and the happy children from Maureen’s Daycare in Bothasig.

Since the inception of the “Paint Bothasig Blue” project at the start of September 2016 SAPS Bothasig has been well supported by the local community regarding their participation thereof.

During September SAPS Bothasig was invited to visit Maureen’s Daycare in Bothasig. Members arriving there were pleasantly surprised when all the children as well as staff were wearing blue to support the “Paint Bothasig Blue” initiative. WO Jacques Mostert informed the children how to identify police members and handed out child safety hints while his collegues, WO Gert Vorster and Arno Neethling were swamped by the enthusiastic children of the daycare facility.

The owner, Maureen Beukes conveyed well wishes and gratitude from herself as well as that of her staff, the children and their parent’s to Bothasig police for the sterling work they do. Mrs Beukes handed over a poster made by the children, which is proudly displayed in the SAPS Bothasig community service centre as well as a blue cake baked by a parent, Mrs Cheree Szebelledi.

Bothasig police also visited the residence of Johan and Carla du Toit who had painted their postbox blue in support of the “Paint Bothasig Blue” project.

In addition, members from Bothasig police were pleasantly surprised when they attended a family day hosted by business people at Tafelberg School.

According to the Advocate of the family day, Louis Slabbert, they wanted to participate in the “Paint Bothasig Blue” project but also express their thanks to Lt Col Patrick Jacobs and his hardworking staff for the good work they do in the Bothasig precinct. The theme of the day was, of course, “blue!”

The members and families were treated to board games and a jumping castle for the children, who also made good use of the swimming pool. Members and family members were given the opportunity to participate in de-stress exercises hosted by a fitness instructor. The attendees were howling with laughter as the exercises really tested their physical co-ordination levels.  Married couples later played a game, which required very careful thinking, as they were subjected to questions regarding their relationships…marriage dates and other information which could get you into trouble!

After all these activities, members were treated to a scrumptious lunch after which they could sit back and enjoy the day with their families.

Members attending the function were requested to support the SAPS Bothasig School feeding project by sponsoring spreads which could be utilized on sandwiches for the learners. The attendees responded very positively with the result that the children will have tasty sandwiches for quite some time!

The Station Commander, Lt Col Patrick Jacobs, expressed his gratitude to everyone in the community for supporting the Paint Bothasig Blue project and added that the effect their support had on the members was immeasurable.

He also expressed his gratitude to the hosts and organizer of the Family Day. He added that their support was amazing as everyone forgot about work for a while and enjoyed great company.

SEPTEMBER SEES IMPRESSIVE SPREE OF DRUG ARRESTS FOR BOTHASIG SAPS

Bothasig SAPS Constables Xolisa Jikeka , Jonathan Kriel and Reggie Mars with the dagga plants seized during the response to the complaint in progress of malicious damage to property on 13 September.
Bothasig SAPS Constables Xolisa Jikeka , Jonathan Kriel and Reggie Mars with the dagga plants seized during the response to the complaint in progress of malicious damage to property on 13 September.

A complaint that members from Bothasig attended on 13 September turned out quite differently than expected.

According to Const Reggie Mars, he and his colleague, Const Jonathan Kriel, were called out to a residence in Bothasig to attend a complaint in progress of malicious damage to property.

They hastened to the scene but when they arrived, the matter between family members had been resolved. Although a door had been damaged, nobody wanted to lay charges.

The members mentioned that they had to enter the residence via a back door as the front one was not in use. When they went around the house they found a Wendy house at the back with dagga plants in pots next to it, but first attended to the malicious damage as priority.  When that matter was settled they enquired about the person living in the Wendy house. The person who damaged the door indicated that he stayed there and indicated that the plants were his.

According to him he did not know that cultivating dagga was illegal. The 29 year old suspect, who had been arrested by members from Bothasig on drug charges before, was arrested on a charge of possession of dagga and he and his plants were detained at SAPS Bothasig.  The suspect has appeared in Goodwood court.

Lt Col Jacobs praised the eagle eyed members for being so observant and doing their best to assist in the fight against drugs.

On the evening of 15 September an undercover crime prevention operation under the command of Bothasig SAPS Station Commander, Lt Col Patrick Jacobs, yielded good results when two males, aged 18 and 22 years, were arrested for dealing in drugs and being in possession of drugs. Both suspects are residents of Richwood.

The initial arrests were for dealing, but when the premises of the suspects were searched, it was found that they were also in possession of drugs which was not used in the selling process. A large quantity of dagga as well as a smaller quantity of magic mushrooms was seized by police. The street value of the drugs taken is approximately twenty thousand rand.

Both suspects appeared in Goodwood court on 19 September.

During the operation, SAPS Bothasig was supported by members from SAPS Parow, Bellville and the K9 Unit.

On 17 September a Saturday afternoon turned out way different as expected for two drug dealers when the long arm of Bothasig police caught up with them.

Lt Col Patrick Jacobs explained that information was received from the community regarding drug dealing and as a result thereof he set up an undercover crime prevention operation to try to arrest the dealers.

During the afternoon a meeting was set up with the suspects with the result that a 25 and 36 year old male were arrested for dealing in drugs and being in possession of drugs in Welgemeend St, Kleinbosch. Both suspects are residents of Kensington.

A large quantity of dagga with an estimated value of fifteen thousand rand was seized by police. The late model vehicle which was used by the suspects was also seized by police. Lt Col Jacobs indicated that he will apply to have the vehicle forfeited to the State as it was used in the commission of an offence. Both are due to appear in Goodwood court.

During the operation, SAPS Bothasig was supported by members from the local community. The estimated street value of drugs seized by Bothasig police during the last two operations amounts to thirty five thousand rand.

Lt Col Jacobs thank the community for the information that was relayed to Bothasig police which attributed to the success of this operation as a result of their involvement.

He again invited members from the community to relay any information they have concerning illegal drug activities in the Bothasig precinct to the Crime Intelligence office at SAPS Bothasig on 021 559 9400. All information shared with this office will be dealt with in a confidential manner.

BOTHASIG POLICE CELEBRATES MANDELA DAY

The group visiting De Grendel Home, consisting of members from Bothasig SAPS as well as students from Northlink College, with some of the residents of the home.
The group visiting De Grendel Home, consisting of members from Bothasig SAPS as well as students from Northlink College, with some of the residents of the home.

Bothasig police celebrated Mandela Day 2016 by visiting De Grendel Home, a learning and care centre for autistic people in Bothasig.

The visiting members, accompanied by students from Northlink College, were hosted by Andelene Thysse, founder of the centre, and her daughter Danielle Thysse.

The visitors were given an insight into the challenges faced by people with autism and what it takes to take care of such a person. Members were also educated on the various levels of autism and what the condition entails.

Mrs Thysse said that one of the most important sources of income for the centre is recycling, and that the residents were quite knowledgeable and assisted with the grading of the products that can be recycled.

Bothasig SAPS Station Commander Lt Col Patrick Jacobs said that it was an eye opener and very educational. He mentioned that the station will take the centre on as a project for 2016 and look at how they can assist in respect of the recycling project.

When they left, the residents were left to enjoy the eats and drinks and try on the new clothes and test out the puzzle provided by SAPS Bothasig.

Anyone who would like to obtain more information regarding autism and the care centre can contact Andelene Thysse on 073 0442 116 or via email at thysse@webmail.co.za.

SAPS BOTHASIG AND PARTNERS TEAM UP AGAINST CRIME

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Peter Smallbones, WO Luan Stears and Anthony Pearson handing over a crime prevention pamphlet to a motorist, Mr Stuart McLachlan at the roadblock in Vrybrger Avenue.

Bothasig SAPS and their partners against crime held a very successful high density crime prevention operation on 27 July.

Under the leadership of Warrant Officer Leon Streicher members from Bothasig police supported by City of Cape Town Law Enforcement, Bothasig and Edgemead Neighbour-hood Watch as well as Swart Security, District Watch and ECP kicked off with a road block in Vryburger Avenue in Bothasig, and later followed up with a vehicle check point in Letchworth Drive in Edgemead. Five traffic fines to the value of four thousand rand were issued for, amongst others, unlicensed motor vehicles and driving without a driver’s license.

Afterwards the focus shifted to crime prevention patrols in hot spot areas. At Edgemead Village Centre participants patrolled on foot and handed out crime prevention pamphlets. This was supported by the SAPS Air Wing who participated in the operation by doing an aerial patrol in Bothasig, Edgemead, Richwood, Burgundy Estate and Kleinbosch. With the “Eye in the sky” patrolling, the precinct was very quiet.

The last part of the operation was focused on Edgemead High School where five classrooms were visited and 61 random searches were executed with the focus on substance abuse. The members also engaged with the learners and informed them about the downside of a criminal record. From their side, the interested learners were not shy to ask questions regarding certain aspects of the law, which were cleared up for them.

SAPS BOTHASIG SURPRISES CHILDREN ON HOLIDAY

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Front: Kylie Glover, Matthew de Vincenzo. Back: Erin Glover, Keegan Carew, Hannah – Lee Hesque and WO Leon Streicher.

Bothasig SAPS recently surprised the children at the day care at Edgemead Primary school as part of their Safer Children program.

Sector Manager Leon Streicher and Communications officer Warrant Officer Jacques Mostert had the children very inquisitive, when they arrived on site with a police vehicle, as they wanted to know what the police were doing there.
They were very happy to find out that it was actually a friendly visit and they were in fact the ones being visited. With everyone assembled WO Mostert gave a safety awareness talk on child safety and each child was given a pamphlet containing the information that was relayed to them.

When the safety talk was completed the children requested to have a look at the patrol vehicle, especially at the back, with the next request being to try it out themselves. The officers were only too happy to oblige, and most of the children were given the opportunity to sit in the back.

The officers disembarked with a promise to visit the children again and left behind lots of new friends.

Bothasig Police shut down hydroponics facility in Richwood

Bothasig SAPS Warrant Officer Dean Newman with some of the plants found at a hydroponics cultivating facility being operated from a residence in Richwood.
Bothasig SAPS Warrant Officer Dean Newman with some of the plants found at a hydroponics cultivating facility being operated from a residence in Richwood.

On Thursday 9 August Bothasig police achieved success when they swooped in on premises in Richwood from where a cultivation plant was being operated.

Local police received information that suspicious behaviour had been noticed at the residence. The information was followed resulting in the discovery of a hydroponics facility where dagga was being cultivated.

The members followed up on more information received and arrested a 45 year old male at an address in Bothasig which is frequently raided by local police as a result of drug activity on the premises.

Dagga plants with a street value of over R150 000 were found on the premises and seized, as well as all the equipment used to cultivate the plants.

A case of cultivation or dealing in dagga has been opened and is currently under investigation.  Anyone with more information can contact the Crime Stop number 08600 10111.

GUNFIRE IN RICHWOOD AS HOUSE ROBBERS ATTEMPT TO FLEE

The “getaway vehicle” used by the suspects as they attempted to flee a failed house robbery in Richwood.

On 18 May at approximately 10:30 a 60 year old resident was busy working in the garage of his residence when he was accosted by two suspects, one of whom was armed.

The suspects took the resident into his house where they tied his hands and gagged him. They then demanded his firearm and when they took the gag off, he shouted for help. The suspects assaulted him and fled the scene with his firearm and a small amount of cash.

As the suspects exited the residence they shot at a neighbour who returned fire and wounded one of the suspects. The wounded suspect was placed in a wheelie-bin by his accomplice as they fled the scene. A security official responded to a call out and encountered the suspects. When he approached them one of the suspects pointed a firearm at him and, in defence he fired a shot, wounding the gun-wielding suspect. The injured suspect in the bin then drew the stolen firearm and wanted to shoot at the security official. Luckily SAPS Bothasig arrived on the scene and assisted the security official.

Both wounded suspects, aged 23 and 26 from Du Noon, were arrested and taken to a local hospital for treatment. The house owner was also taken to hospital for treatment. Bothasig SAPS recovered two fire arms and the knife which one of the suspects used during the house robbery. A case of house robbery has been opened and is under investigation.

Anyone with more information can contact the investigating officer, D/Serg Randall Davids during office hours on 021 558 3688 or the Crime Stop number 08600 10111.

EDGEMEAD COUPLE ROBBED OUTSIDE RESIDENCE

A senior couple residing in Edgemead had a frightening experience on 19 May when they were robbed at gunpoint after stopping in front of their home.

According to the 72 year old resident they went to ABSA at N1 City to draw cash in order to pay contractors, who are in the process of renovating their house, as they are unable to receive payment via EFT.

When they stopped in front of their house, they got out of their vehicle and started to walk towards their front door. Two unknown men ran up to them pointing a firearm and demanding money. The residents’ wife, who was closer to the house than him, saw what was happening and showed the two robbers her hand bag, which the one assailant then grabbed. Both ran back to their vehicle, a Mercedes Benz, in which they arrived, and fled the scene.

The couple then discovered that thankfully the large amount of cash had fallen out of the handbag and into a flower pot during the commotion. The robbers however did make off with a very expensive handbag containing car keys, a wallet containing money and other personal property.

The couple suspects that they might have been observed when drawing money at N1 City and followed home.  They were very thankful that no one had been injured during the incident.

A case of armed robbery has been opened and is currently under investigation by SAPS Bothasig. Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact the investigation officer, Const Thulile Ruka during office hours on 021 558 3688 or the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111.

The station commander, Lt Col Patrick Jacobs, mentioned that members of the community could be targeted when drawing large amounts of cash at banks. His advice is to look around, even when inside the bank. If anyone is exhibiting suspicious behaviour, immediately inform security and, if necessary, redeposit the cash. When travelling with large amounts of cash, check regularly to ensure that you are not been followed. In the event that you followed, drive straight to the police station closest to you and report the matter.

BOTHASIG SAPS CRIME PREVENTION

Bothasig SAPS Warrant Officer Gert Vorster and Prashika Kanthapersad with the crime prevention pamphlet she received at the vehicle checkpoint on De Grendel Avenue.
Bothasig SAPS Warrant Officer Gert Vorster and Prashika Kanthapersad with the crime prevention pamphlet she received at the vehicle checkpoint on De Grendel Avenue.

On 11 March 2016 Bothasig police participated in a Tygerberg Police Cluster crime prevention exercise whereby all the police stations held vehicle control points on the exit or entrance roads in their areas.

SAPS Bothasig held theirs in De Grendel Road close to the Plattekloof Rd traffic circle. While checking the vehicles passing through, they also made use of the opportunity to circulate crime prevention hints to the motorists they encountered.