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2021/11/02      |  Written By:  Warrant Officer J Mostert   |   Province:  Western Cape

Bothasig: Ignoring the Disaster Management Act level 1 curfew backfired when four suspects were arrested by quick acting Bothasig police members.

According to Warrant Officer Arno Neethling, he and Constables Dunay Smith and Sivuyile Qokombane were busy with crime prevention patrols in the Bothasig precinct. Their scope of operation was the prevention of night time theft out of/from motor vehicle, and theft of motor vehicle incidents, which have occurred during the early hours of the morning.

At 00:12 the members were alerted regarding a suspicious vehicle at a shopping centre in Vryburger Drive. Suspecting that the vehicle may have been at the specific centre to commit crime, the members speedily attended to the complaint and visited the centre.

At the centre they found the vehicle, an Opel Corsa bakkie that they were informed about, with four occupants inside. The fact that the people were there during the curfew already seemed odd, and the suspicious behaviour of the occupants when questioned about it alerted the members to the fact that something is amiss.

They proceeded to search the vehicle and found a zip gun and dangerous weapons, which could be used for various crimes inside the vehicle.

The four suspects, aged between 23 and 37 years old, residents in the Malmesbury area were arrested and detained on charges of being in possession of dangerous weapons and an imitation firearm. They will appear in Goodwood court next week. It will also be determined whether they could be linked to criminal activities in the area as well.

The station commander Lt Col Khunjulwa Khanyile praised the members for the excellent work and the fact that the arrests made the streets of Bothasig even safer.

The dangerous weapons and zip gun found on the suspects.