Two firearms taken off the streets of Mitchell’s Plain, and three men to appear in court

Western Cape: Mitchell's Plain police were doing crime prevention duties with the aim to rid communities of illegal firearms and ammunition earlier today when they observed a Volkswagen Golf motor vehicle whose driver appeared to be acting suspiciously because he failed to comply when police tried to stop him.

In an attempt to flee from the police, the occupants tried to get rid of two firearms that were in their possession. A Star .45mm pistol with a magazine and ammunition, as well as a Beretta 9mm short pistol, with live ammunition, were promptly confiscated.

The serial number of the Star .45mm pistol had been filed off, while the serial number of the Beretta 9mm short pistol, was still intact. Police are investigating the originality of both firearms.

Three suspects, with ages 33, 40 and 42 years, were arrested and, once charged, they will appear in the Mitchell's Plain Magistrates' Court on charges related to the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

The Provincial Commissioner of the Western Cape, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula, is pleased with the arrests and assures the public that police operations to rid communities of illegal firearms will continue so that no one will escape the might of the law.

Source: South African Police Service