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Anti-Gang Unit arrests suspects for murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition

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


WESTERN CAPE - Endeavours to fight the scourge of gangsterism and crimes associated with gangs are proving to be successful.

Intelligence was received by members of the Anti-Gang Unit that an illegal firearm was hidden at a premises in Wals Lane, Cafda Village. The information was followed up on Sunday morning 12 June 2022 and a search of the premises resulted in the discovery of two firearms, a .38 Special revolver and CZ83 Browning pistol and ammunition. A 29-year-old suspect was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

These members conducted further tracing operations and proceeded to a premises in Sonata Crescent, Steenberg where, a 29-year-old suspect was arrested on a charge of murder. The murder was committed in Steenberg area during January 2022. Both suspects are affiliated to a gang grouping in Steenberg area.

They are due to appear in the Wynberg Magistrates court once charged.

In an unrelated matter, on Saturday 11 June 2022, at about 06:50 SAPS members were tracing and arrested a suspect in Coronation Road, Heinz Park. After interrogation the suspect took members to the yard where he dug up the .38 revolver wrapped in a blue plastic bag with five rounds. The 35-year-old suspect was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and will appear in the Athlone Magistrates court on Monday, 13 June 2022 on the mentioned charges. The exhibits was handed in at Samora Machel.  The case will be investigated by the Anti-Gang Unit as the firearm might have been used in one of their murder cases. The serial number of the firearm must still be tested.   

On Saturday 11 June 2022, at about 18:20 Elsies River SAPS reservists were on duty and attending to a complaint, when they heard heavy gunfire whilst driving in Forest Drive. They saw a person running into a premises in Forest Drive and it looked like he had an object in his hand. This person, after entering the premises immediately came out again and walked across the street disappearing between the houses. The members went inside the house to the back and went through the side door next to the house. They found a 9mm Browning pistol with two rounds of ammunition lying in front of a wendy house and confiscated it. The firearm was handled with gloves and tested. The members saw that it have a serial number on and ownership established that it belong to a person in Athlone. The firearm was not reported as stolen.


Captain Frederick Van Wyk
082 302 9906


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