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Suspect caught in possession of an unlicensed firearm shortly after truck was hijacked in Browns Farm; three detained for drugs in Delft

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Western Cape


WESTERN CAPE – The vigilance and swift response by members attached to Nyanga Firearm and Liquor office resulted to the arrest of a 23-year-old suspect shortly after he and other suspects hijacked a delivery truck this afternoon at a traffic light in Govan Mbeki, Browns Farm. .

The members responded to a broadcast minutes after a truck was reported hijacked and as they were approaching the scene of crime, they spotted the truck. An unknown number of suspects jumped off the truck and opened fire at the police members, who retaliated.

One suspect was arrested in possession of an unlicensed illegal firearm and ammunition, which was reported stolen during a house robbery in April this year in Samora Machel.

Two innocent bystanders, an 8-year-old boy and another person were injured during the shoot out and admitted for medical attention in a stable condition.

Once charged the suspect is expected to appear in Athlone Magistrate court on charges of hijacking, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, attempted murder and pointing of a firearm.

In an unrelated matter, members of Flying Squad, Maitland acted on information of drug dealing in Delft and conducted a search operation at a residence in Elgar Street Delft South last night. This operation led to the arrest of three suspects, a 30-year-old male and two females aged 31 and 66 for the possession of mandrax tablets valued at R 500 000-00. The suspects are due to appear in Blue Downs Magistrates court once they have been charged.



Mihlali Majikela


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