Ghost Squad Arrested an Alleged Counterfeiter | Western Cape Government


Ghost Squad Arrested an Alleged Counterfeiter

30 August 2009
Cape Town Traffic's Ghost Squad members, on patrol in Goodwood at the weekend, stopped a motorist for overtaking on the left shoulder along Vanguard Drive between Frans Conradie Drive and Milton Road.

When the driver was asked for his driver's licence, the officer noticed that he had somehow swapped licences and became suspicious.

Further investigations led to the discovery of paper and ink wrapped in foil which is commonly used in the production of counterfeit money. The suspect was arrested and the matter is now being investigated by the Commercial Crimes Branch of the South African Police Services.

During peak hour traffic last Thursday, the Ghost Squad set its sights on the notorious N2 bus and minibus taxi (BMT) lane. They issued a total of 162 traffic fines for various offences which included 52 for illegally driving in the BMT lane, 26 for taxi offences and 27 for passenger overloads.

"The use of unmarked cars and motorcycles allows members of the squad to catch erring drivers unawares and with great success which is exactly what we intended", says Chief Inspector Merle Lourens, media spokesperson for Cape Town Traffic Services.

As part of an ongoing effort to make our roads safer, motorists driving under the influence of alcohol were targeted throughout the city this past weekend. Traffic Services set up road blocks in Ocean View, Simon's Town, Strandfontein, Mitchells Plain and Bellville. No less than 61 motorists were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.

Issued by:
Communication Department
City of Cape Town

Media Enquiries: 

Merle Lourens
Traffic Media Spokesperson,
City of Cape Town
Tel: 021 918 2572
Cell: 072 200 1512