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Suspect arrested for possession of unlicensed firearm in Tafelsig


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

WESTERN CAPE - To participate in efforts to address the causes of crime, observant members of Mitchells Plain SAPS who were performing crime prevention duties arrested a 49-year-old male for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and attempted murder in Laura Crescent, Tafelsig today.

On Tuesday 19 January 2021 at about 01:55 members attached to Mitchells Plain SAPS received a complaint of a shooting that occurred in Laura Crescent, Tafelsig. On route the members were stopped by the community who pointed out a man who they alleged had shot someone. Upon searching the identified suspect, members found a silver Star 45 pistol and six rounds of ammunition and he was arrested on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and attempted murder. 

The suspect is due to appear in the Mitchells Plain Magistrates Court once charged.

In an unrelated matter two suspects are due to appear in court this week following their arrest on Monday morning 18 January 2021 in the Browns Farm area.

Two suspects aged 24 and 35 were arrested yesterday, Monday, 18 January 2021, for an attempted hijacking in Tywaka Road in Browns Farm. The two suspects were arrested while robbing an e-hailing driver whom they had requested to drop them in town. When the driver arrived the requester and other suspects entered the vehicle and they tried to rob him of cash and his cellphone. Members of Browns Farm SAPS on patrol in the vicinity came to the rescue of the driver while he was struggling with the suspects.

The two suspects were arrested and detained and are expected to appear in Athlone Magistrate court this week on attempted hijacking charges.

The members were applauded for the arrests they have made in an area which is the main hot spot of hijackings and all other serious crimes.


Captain FC Van Wyk
082 302 9906