Forty-five suspects arrested for the possession of illegal firearms in the Western Cape
Western Cape police confiscated 35 firearms in the past week, this is in a n effort to remove guns off street. The operations are also in effort to prevent the increase of shooting incidents in the Cape metropole.
Warrant Officer Joseph Witbooi said “Forty-five suspects were arrested and detained on charges of possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. Concerted efforts from police officers in the previous week resulted in the confiscation of 25 firearms in the City of Cape Town District which comprise of 62 police stations and a total of 10 firearms in the other four districts.
Forty-five suspects were arrested and detained on charges of the possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
Last week, nine people were gunned down in Steenberg. This resulted in further investigations, police searched a temporary office at the taxi rank and found ammunition that had been abandoned. They also searched 17 taxi drivers and confiscated four legally held firearms for ballistics testing.
Police said they also made several drug busts, most notably at Cape Town International Airport, where drugs were found covered with chocolate wrappers in the luggage of a person arriving from Dubai.
The drug busts included the arrest of a woman and a man stopped on the N2 and found to have more than 500 Mandrax tablets.
by Lizeka Tsotetsi