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2020/12/14      |  Written By:  Warrant Officer J Swartbooi   |   Province:  Western Cape

BISHOP LAVIS:  Continous efforts by local members of SAPS, to eradicate the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition in the Bishop Lavis Policing precinct, is proving to yield success, considering the constant confiscating of firearms found in possession of Gang Members.

The members attached to the Crime Prevention Unit was busy with routine patrols on Sunday 13 December 2020 in the Bonteheuwel area, when they saw a group of males hanging around on the corners of Boekenhout Street and Bramble Way. As the well- marked SAPS vehicle approached the location, instruction ws given that the group should be searched. The vehicle then stopped next to males and SAPS members started searching them. A Twenty One 21-year-old male was found in possession of a .38 Special Revolver and 4 live rounds of ammunition. 

The male person could not produced a valid licence to possess the firearm, after which he was arrested and detained at the Bishop Lavis SAPS. Once formally charged the suspect will make a court appearance in the Bishop Lavis Magistrates' Court to answer on a case of Illegal Possession of Firearm and Ammunition. The suspect is a member of The Bad Boy Gang grouping that is operating in Bonteheuwel and is in conflict with the American gang.

The Station Commander of Bishop Lavis SAPS, Brigadier Christopher Jones has the highest praise for the reaction and dedication of the members taking illegal firearms and ammunition off the streets.