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Operation Restore takes illicit firearms off the streets


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

WESTERN CAPE - Concerted efforts to eradicate the proliferation of illicit firearms that threatens the safety of innocent and vulnerable communities yielded excellent results when members attached to Operation Restore conducted high density crime combating patrols which led to the confiscated two illicit firearms and ammunition in Khayelitsha during the past weekend. Strategic deployment was conducted too curb the recent spate of shooting incidents that occurred in the area.

On Sunday, 18 December 2022, members attached to our Provincial Operation Restore, deployed in Harare, Khayelitsha were conducting stop-and-search crime combatting operations in the area of Dada Street in site C when they spotted a suspicious vehicle, a white Hyundai with two equally suspicious occupants.  They pulled over the vehicle and ensued with a search which led to the seizure of a 9mm Norinco pistol and ammunition which were found under the seat.

Subsequent to the find, a 34-year-old man was arrested and scheduled to appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrates’ court once charged.   

The same team through concerted efforts expanded crime combatting duties to Heinz Park in Samora Machel when they accosted a 37-year-old suspect whilst they performed foot patrols in Magwaza informal settlement. The suspect clearly wanted to evade the presence of the members on foot, but was restrained and searched upon which the members found a prohibited firearm and ammunition on him. He was arrested and detained. He faces a charge of possession of an illicit firearm and ammunition and is scheduled to appear in the Philippi Magistrates’ court once charged.

Western Cape police management has praised the members for their ongoing commitment and concerted efforts to rid our communities of the proliferation of illicit firearms that threatens the wellbeing and free movement of society.


Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Pojie
082 559 4665


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