Various operations conducted over the weekend in the Nyanga area yielded positive results. Two firearms and ammunition, a gas gun and litres of liquor were confiscated.
Two suspects aged 35 and 40 were arrested on Friday afternoon 28 December 2018, for the possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition. The members were on patrol police when were tipped off about a firearm hidden at a spaza shop in Bala Street, Lusaka. Police went to the shop and recovered a firearm with 13 rounds and two suspects were arrested. The duo are appearing on (Monday 31 December 2018, in Athlone Magistrate Court for the possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.
Members of the Provincial Intervention Team attached to Nyanga further arrested four suspects and recovered a firearm, a gas gun and a stolen cell phone in Dimbaza Street in Browns Farm. The members were on patrol in the Browns Farm area when they noticed a suspicious Toyota Avanza with male occupants. When they signalled for the vehicle to stop the driver accelerated, but were caught and the firearm, gas gun, cellular telephone and the vehicle were confiscated.
Four suspects age between 25 and 36 (occupants of the vehicle) were arrested and detained. The four are expected to appear in the Athlone Magistrate Court once charged for the possession of an illegal firearm and stolen property.
A 30 year old suspect was arrested on Monday 31 December 2018, at about 03:00 for a case of hijacking which occurred on Wednesday 26 December 2018, at about 02:00 near Borcherds Quarry. According to reports the complainant was driving on N2 when he noticed big stones on the road and he stopped. While trying to remove the stones the complainant was approached by eight suspects, four positively armed with firearms who pointed him with the firearms and took his vehicle.
Police have been on the lookout for the suspects and the one was arrested. He is also expected to appear in Athlone Magistrate Court this week facing charges of hijacking.
Fourteen other suspects were arrested during raids conducted at illegal liquor outlets in Browns Farm, in Crossroads and Nyanga, 927, 64 litres of liquor were confiscated and the suspects are due to appear in the Philippi Magistrate Court for dealing in liquor.
Some of the operations especially compliance inspections were conducted in conjunction with inspectors of the Western Cape Liquor Authority.
The operations made a huge impact in terms of a decrease in serious and violent crimes especially murders. Members are thanked for such significant successes.
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