WESTERN CAPE – In a continued effort to eradicate the possession of unlicensed and prohibited firearms and ammunition, police members in the Western Cape arrested suspects on Tuesday, 21 September 2022 during crime prevention initiatives.

Police members of the Anti-Gang Unit responded to information and proceeded to an identified address. Upon arrival at the address in Twelve Apostles, they searched the premises and found a 9 mm pistol with ammunition. A 37-year-old man was arrested and detained on a charge of possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition.

In an unrelated incident, Table View police members were busy with routine patrols when they noticed a suspicious vehicle in Porterfield Road. The driver of the vehicle sped off when he became aware of the presence of the patrol vehicle with police members in pursuit. They stopped and searched the vehicle and the occupants and confiscated a 9mm pistol with ammunition and cash. The occupants could not provide a valid licence to be in possession of the firearm. Two males, aged 40, were arrested and detained, on a charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Meanwhile Lingelethu-West police responded to a call for back-up at Khayelitsha Mall. On route near to Mandela Park they spotted a man who fitted the description and chased after him. They apprehended the man, searched him and confiscated a 9mm pistol with ammunition. The 39-year-old man was arrested and detained on a charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.  

Once charged the suspects are expected to make their respective court appearance in the Athlone, Cape Town and Khayelitsha Magistrate’s court on the mentioned charges.  

Source: South African Police Service

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