WESTERN CAPE: The main focus of police members to significantly reduce the number of firearms in the wrong hands, resulted in arrests in the Western Cape.
This morning at approximately 08:10, members of Muizenberg SAPS were busy with crime prevention patrols in the Hillview area. While patrolling in St Boniface Street, the members noticed a suspicious male standing at a container. On noticing the police, the suspect immediately turned and tried to evade the members. The members gave chase and apprehended the suspect between the shacks adjacent to St Boniface Street. He was searched and found to be in possession of a 9mm Star pistol with the serial number removed, and 15 rounds of ammunition. A 14 year old suspect, a resident of Hillview, was arrested and detained at Muizenberg on charges of possession of a prohibited firearm and unlicensed ammunition.
In an unrelated matter a 21 year old suspect is due to appear in court tomorrow (Thursday, 2021-12-02) following his arrest on Tuesday, 2021-11-30 at his home in White City, Nyanga.
The Station Commander of Nyanga, Brigadier Vuyisile Ncata responded to a complaint by the suspect’s grandmother reporting that the suspect was violent and shouting at her and had damaged windows at their house. The suspect was arrested and during the process an unlicensed firearm with ammunition and a magazine belonging to him were recovered in the house. The firearm serial number was filed off. He was arrested for the possession of a prohibited firearm and malicious damage to property.
The suspect was out on bail on a case of murder he committed in July this year in Nyanga. He also had another pending case of house robbery which he committed in April this year in Table View. On the Nyanga murder case the suspect is due to appear in court in January and in February for the Table View case .
He is due to appear in the Athlone Magistrate court, once charged, for the possession of a prohibited firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and malicious damage to property.
The Provincial Commissioner of the Western Cape police, Lieutenant General Thembisile Patekile, praised the arresting officers for moving a step forward in creating a safer environment for the inhabitants of this province, with the removal of armed criminals off the streets.
Photograph Caption: Constables Adams (left) and Mlengwana (right) with the confiscated firearm and ammunition
Submitted by: Capt Frederick Van Wyk.