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2023/10/19      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel M Pojie   |   Province:  Western Cape

WESTERN CAPE: Members attached to the Anti-Gang-Unit are making inroads against the proliferation of guns and acts of violence in the Province through a focussed intelligence-driven approach by their Combat Team who reacted on information and searched various identified premises in hotspot areas such as Lavender Hill, Steenberg and Eersterivier where there has been sporadic incidents of gunfire.

Yesterday,  Tuesday, 17 October 2023, the members conducted a thorough search at a premises situated in Peter Charles Street, Cafda Village where they discovered a 9mm Z88 pistol which was hidden in a secret compartment in the wall. They arrested a 37 year old man for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. The 9mm firearm with magazine with nine rounds of ammunition was confiscated.

The members also pounced on a residence in Grindall Avenue, Lavender Hill where they ensued with a search. They found a 23 year-old man in possession of a 9mm Z88 pistol without a serial number and two rounds of ammunition. The man was arrested for the illegal possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition.

Both suspects had been detained at the Steenberg police holding cells and will appear in the Wynberg Magistrates’ court on mentioned charges, once charged.

In addition to above, members acted on information during  a tracing operation executed in Electric City Eerstriivier where they retrieved two 9 mm pistols and 22 rounds of ammunition, concealed in an open field. No arrest were made and an enquiry docket was opened for further investigation.

Members attached to the Anti-Gang Unit will continue with tracing and search operations to eradicate the prevalence of illegal possession of prohibit firearms which are used by gangs to commit serious crime.