Police seize a prohibited firearm in church

WESTERN CAPE – The Maitland Flying Squad arrested a 34-year-old male for possession of a prohibited firearm at a funeral yesterday. The members acted on information received about a suspicious vehicle in Mfuleni. As they arrived, they heard gunshots from a church where a funeral service was taking place. They searched all the vehicles in the premises and found a firearm with 2 magazines and 41 rounds of ammunition. A 34-year-old suspect was arrested and detained at Mfuleni SAPS. He will make his court appearance in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s court on Tuesday 11 October 2022.

In an unrelated incident, the Economic Infrastructure Task Team nabbed two suspects who got away during an operation in Elsies River. The two were spotted offloading copper cables at a scrap yard on 30 August 2022 but they drove off before police could enquire about the cables. The members recovered copper cables worth R100 000 and launched a tracing operation. On Thursday, 06 October 2022, the vehicle was traced to a location in Koekenaap. The two suspects aged between 35 and 45 were arrested for possession of stolen property and damage to essential infrastructure, and the vehicle was also confiscated. During this operation, the members received a tip off that a woman who resides with one of the suspects was removing items from their residence. The officers responded swiftly and seized 24 pieces of copper cables and a cable cutter with an estimated value of R20 000. The female suspect was arrested for possession of stolen property, damage to essential infrastructure and defeating the ends of justice. She will appear in the Vredendal Magistrate’s court on Monday, 10 October 2022.

Source: South African Police Service