Cape Town: As part of weekend operations targeting illegal firearms and ammunition, Nyanga and Blue Downs cluster police seized 12 firearms and ammunition from Thursday until Sunday, 20-23 February 2020.
In the Nyanga cluster, an assortment of eight firearms were seized including replica toy guns.
In Bishop Lavis, a 73-year-old was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm.
In Phillipi East, an 18-year-old was apprehended for another unlicensed firearm as police followed information after a house robbery in the area. Meanwhile police pursued vital information in Mau Mau, Nyanga and arrested four suspects aged 26, 31, 32 and 34 for possession of two illegal firearms as well as 50 rounds of ammunition that were found in a vehicle.
In separate operations, five imitation/ replica toy firearms were seized and six suspects arrested in the Nyanga area. Imitation/ replica toy firearms get utilised in the commission of serious crime incidents.
Meanwhile the Blue Downs clusters confiscated four firearms as follows:
On 20 February 2020, at the N2 Gateway in Delft, two suspects aged 20 and 22 were arrested with a Taurus .38 special with six rounds of ammunition and a black Baretta.
On 21 February 2020 in Blikkliesdorp, police arrested two suspects aged 24 and 30 for a 9mm Bersa with rounds of ammunition reportedly stolen in 2017.
Along the Stellenbosch Arterial, On 22 February 2020, traffic officials with police conducted a vehicle checkpoint where they discovered an unlicensed Norinco Star and arrested a 30-year-old suspect.
All arrested suspects will appear in various courts on Monday, 24 February 2020.
The management of the police in the Western Cape commended the seizures and arrests.
Source: South African Police Service