Rangers advance anti-crime operations in Table Mountain National Park



South African National Parks (SANParks) have announced a development encouraging Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) Sea, Air and Mountain (SEAM) Special Operations Rangers as they embark on their anti-crime operations in through the park.

SEAM operators have had a busy weekend after dismissing those illegally staying overnight in sensitive areas, and arresting and detaining a suspected criminal on the slopes of Signal Hill.

TMNP Park Manager Mr Frans van Rooyen congratulated the SEAM operators on the progress made, with a successful extended operation in the front areas of Signal Hill Park, Lions Head, Tafelberg Road and Table Mountain.

The unit with the canine detachment carried out covert and visible police operations, supported by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and TMNP rangers.

On Saturday 11 December 2021, SEAM operators succeeded in expelling individuals illegally spending the night in the Schotschekloof area of ​​TMNP, while on Sunday 12 December, SEAM operators arrested a suspicious individual on the slopes of Signal Hill who was in possession of a dangerous weapon and drugs. . It was later confirmed by SAPS that the 35-year-old had a criminal record.

“We are grateful for the success of the SEAM operators during their first official week of operation and will continue to focus on these urban fringe areas to ensure the safety of our visitors. We urge our surrounding communities to continue to assist us in the fight against crime in and around Table Mountain National Park.

“Congratulations to the entire SEAM team, to the K9 unit, to the operations center leadership and to the stakeholders and we thank you for your dedication, discipline and tenacity,” said Van Rooyen.

The suspects have been turned over to SAPS for further investigation and will appear in court in due course.

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Photo: Facebook / SANParks – Table Mountain National Park



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