Concerted efforts to rid certain identified crime hotspots of firearms that generate other serious violent crimes in the Western Cape, are yielding much-needed results with the seizure of 20 firearms, ammunition and the arrest of 34 suspects in the week.
Ravensmead crime prevention unit members on patrol on Saturday, 6 June spotted three suspects in Coronation Street who acted suspiciously upon seeing the police. As the police approached them, a Norinco pistol was thrown out of the vehicle. Three suspects aged 21, 23 and 24 were subsequently arrested. The firearm was reportedly stolen in Durbanville in 2017.
In Eerste River Following an armed robbery at a butchery by four suspects on Tuesday evening 2 June 2020, suspects were pursued by Kleinvlei crime prevention unit members. Not far from the butchery, a 26-year-old suspect was arrested with one firearm while a second firearm was found abandoned outside the vehicle. The police are still following information about the other suspects involved in the armed robbery. The arrested suspect appeared in court and bail was opposed. He remains in custody until his next court appearance.
Also in the Kleinvlei area police were executing search warrants on Saturday evening 6 June 2020, when they arrested a 26-year-old with an unlicensed firearm. The suspect is believed to have links with gangs in the area.
Members of the Worcester Anti Gang Unit and Crime Intelligence descended on a taxi rank in Ceres and arrested four suspects with three unlicensed firearms. The suspects aged between 25 and 67 will appear in court soon on charges of possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.
The same Anti Gang Unit and Crime Intelligence team conducted an operation in Avian Park in Worcester on Saturday, 6 June 2020. They found a 12 bore shotgun hidden in the bushes. The shotgun has been taken for ballistic testing to ascertain if it was utilised in the commission of a crime.
Members of the A-Shift and K9 in Worcester arrested a 21-year-old suspect in Hex Park for illegal possession of an illegal firearm on Sunday. He is expected to appear in court soon.
In the Nyanga cluster four firearms and ammunition comprising a gas gun and three other firearms were seized in KTC, Elsies River, Manenberg and Gugulethu. Nine suspects between the ages of 26 and 74 were arrested.
Anti Gang Unit members on Wednesday, 3 June executed an operation on Tugela Road in Manenberg and arrests two suspects aged 40 and 42 for possession of an illegal firearm and an assortment of ammunition. The seizure comprised the following:
9 x shotgun rounds
9 x 9mm rounds
16 x .38 special rounds
3 x R5 rounds
2 x .22 rounds
1 x CZ76B 9mm pistol
1 x magazine
9 x 9mm rounds.
1 x 9mm short magazine
On Wednesday 3 June 2020, Kuilsriver police deployed strategically were conducting patrols in Kalkfontein, Kuilsriver when they arrested a 25-year-old for unlawful possession of a 7.65mm pistol, a magazine and rounds of ammunition.
Meanwhile Delft police were performing crime prevention duties in Delft South on Saturday 6 June 2020, when they came across a vehicle whose windows were tinted. Upon searching they found three occupants. One of the occupants had three bullet wounds. The other suspect was found with a Z88 firearm, two magazines and 24 rounds. All three suspects were arrested. As the police investigation continues into the incident, police are following information about the incident involving the third suspect who suffered gun shots.
In a separate incident another suspect was arrested in Delft on Friday, 5 June 2020, during a stop and search operation for being in possession of an illegal .38 special revolver. Also in Delft, at the N2 Gateway, police disrupted a group that had gathered on Thursday 4 June 2020, and recovered a zip gun (homemade). Five arrests were made from the group for various crimes.
Winelands Cluster Team members arrested a 27-year-old suspect on Tuesday, 2 June for illegal possession of a firearm in Paarl East. The suspect appeared in court already.
On Friday morning 5 June 2020, members of the Mitchells Plain Crime Prevention Unit arrested a suspect for illegal possession of firearm in Fernwood Street, Tafelsig. Police confiscated a black Z88 Parabellum pistol with a serial number intact, a magazine and six 9mm rounds in his possession. The 35-year-old male was arrested and faces charges relating to the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. He is expected to appear in court once charged.
Police also in Citrusdal seized several rounds of ammunition and made an arrest.
The efforts of the police are applauded by SAPS management as they try to create safer communities.
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