CAPE TOWN – Intelligence driven operations were conducted by members attached to Anti-Gang Unit Combat Team in the Mitchells Plain policing precinct between Saturday, 12 November 2022 and Sunday, 13 November 2022. A number of addresses were visited and searched and members seized firearms and ammunition and several arrests were made.
The team proceeded to a residence in Pauline Crescent, Montrose Park. A thorough search of the premises was conducted and the members found a firearm and seven rounds of ammunition hidden in the roof under the roof lining. A 33-year-old man was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
A tracing operation was conducted and the members proceeded to Ellis Park Crescent, Beacon Valley, where they arrested a 31-year-old man on charges of attempted murder.
More information was followed up and they went to search a premises in Tennis Crescent, Beacon Valley where they found a 41-year-old suspect in possession of a pistol with the serial number removed and six rounds of ammunition. The firearm was confiscated and he was arrested for possession of a prohibited firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.
A foot patrol was conducted in Ellis Park Crescent, and members found 36 rounds of ammunition abandoned on an open field. The ammunition was booked in as exhibits at Mitchells Plain SAPS.
Early this morning members followed up on information received of a possible firearm at a house Ionian Street, Rocklands, Mitchells Plain. A thorough search was conducted and a pistol with five rounds of ammunition were recovered inside a room. A 38-year-old man was arrested on charges of possession of prohibited firearm and ammunition.
All the suspects are due to appear in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court to face their respective charges on Monday, 14 November 2022.
In an unrelated matter, during the early hours of this morning Delft Crime Prevention Unit members were doing patrol duties in Mango Street close to Jerusalem informal settlement, when they spotted a vehicle parked on the sidewalk of the street. The two occupants jumped out of the vehicle and shot at the members, who returned fire. The suspects ran to the informal settlement where they disappeared. Members searched the vehicle and recovered a 9mm firearm with nine rounds. Cases of attack on police and attempted murder was opened for investigation. No arrest has been made, investigations continues.
Operation Vala Konke a tracing operation by our detectives to trace wanted suspects resulted in the arrest of 534 individuals who were sought for serious offences such as murder, attempted murder, assault, burglary and domestic violence during the past week. All of these suspects will appear in various courts on Monday, 14 November 2022 on their respective charges.
Anyone with information about crime or suspicious activities can contact Crime Stop at 08600 10111 or submit information via the MySAPS App. Tipsters may opt to remain anonymous.
Source: South African Police Service