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Four suspects arrested for the possession of illegal firearms in Browns Farm, Nyanga


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

WESTERN CAPE - Police recovered two illegal firearms and arrested four suspects this morning in the Browns Farm area.

Following up on information of suspects, who were alleged to be involved in two business robbery incidents which occurred two weeks ago in Marike Centre in Browns Farm, members attached to the Browns Farm Sector Team arrested four suspects this morning at about 07:00 in Ramaphosa Informal Settlement in Browns Farm, Philippi.

Police pounced on the first suspect while he was still sleeping and his arrest led to the arrest of two other suspects who were believed to be storing the firearms they utilised to commit crime. The two suspects instead took the police back and forth and while they were on their way back from another area which the suspects took them to get the firearms they met one suspect who is the one keeping the firearms. This suspect took police to a shack where the two firearms, a 9mm Norrinco and a Glock were hidden.

The firearms were confiscated and four suspects arrested and detained. The suspects are believed to be involved in armed robberies of e-hailing vehicles in the area.

The four suspects aged between 21 and 27 are due to appear in Athlone Magistrate’s Court once charged for the possession of illegal firearms, armed robberies and business robberies.

In an unrelated matter this morning at about 07:30 members of Western Cape POPS conducted visible patrols and stop and search operations in Bontebok Street, Eastridge, Mitchells Plain when they noticed a male in the street, acting suspiciously. Upon noticing the marked police vehicle the suspect attempted to evade arrest. Members then stopped the suspect and upon searching him they found him to be in possession of tik and unga. The 27-year-old man was arrested on a charge of possession of drugs and is due to appear in court once charged.

Meanwhile, members attached to Khayelitsha SAPS were busy with an intelligence driven tracing operation in Site C, Khayelitsha, when a female stopped the sector vehicle informing the members that a suspect known to her pointed her with a firearm and she provided the address of the suspect.  The members rushed to the said address and found the suspect in possession of a 9mm pistol.  

The 30-year-old man was arrested and detained at Khayelitsha SAPS. He is due to appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court today on a charge of possession of unlicensed firearm and pointing of firearm.


Captain FC Van Wyk
082 302 9906


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