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2021/07/05      |  Written By:  Warrant Officer J Filander   |   Province:  Western Cape

MFULENI SAPS: Crime got a bloody nose this weekend in the Wesbank area, after SAPS members confiscated two illegal firearms, ammunition, cash and drugs in two separate incidents.

In the first incident around 20:00 last night (Saturday, 03/07/2021), Mfuleni SAPS Crime Prevention members on blue light patrol duties noticed a suspicious microbus taxi with three male occupants, standing in Fernglen Street in Wesbank. When approaching the vehicle tactically, the members noticed the driver of the vehicle tossing something out of the window. Upon searching the area where the driver tossed the item, they found a pistol with ammunition on the ground and arrested the 28 year old male for possession of an illegal firearm. In the meantime a scuffle ensued between SAPS members and the other two suspects aged 31 and 36, who were eventually arrested for (1) Attack on police, Resisting arrest, and Interfering with police work.

Then, early this morning (Sunday, 04/07/2021) around 02:15, while executing blue light patrol duties in Galvendale Street, Wesbank, SAPS members came under fire, only hitting the police vehicle. After calling for backup, the members went to a house in Galvendale Street, looking for the suspects and to search the premises. Upon searching the house they found a packet containing 83 and a ½  mandrax tablets inside a cupboard, a black plastic bag containing a range of ammunition rounds, cash, and under the bed and carpet they found a black pistol with ammunition. They arrested a 25-year-old female for dealing in drugs and possession of ammunition, as well as a 30-year-old male for possession of an illegal firearm and for attempted murder.

The five suspects will make their court appearances in the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court, as soon as they have been charged. The separate investigations continues.   

The Station Commander, Brigadier Fana Dlamini praised his members for their bravery while under fire, their diligence and commitment in the fight against gangsterism and drugs that’s destroying our communities. He further urge the community to continue providing police with valuable information regarding illegal firearm and drug activities to make our communities safe.