Police keep up fight against gang violence

Warrant Officer Arthur Collins with the confiscated guns and ammunition.

Police say they have made more arrests in the fight against gang violence.

Muizenberg officers were tipped off about firearms in Lebombo Street, Hillview, on Wednesday July 17.

When police went to the area at about 10.15pm, two suspicious looking men tried to evade them but police gave chase. One of the men was caught and had two 9mm semi-automatic guns in his possession.

The 23-year-old resident of Hillview was arrested on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm, possession of a prohibited firearm and unlicensed ammunition.

At the time of the arrest, the man was out on bail, also for having a gun in his possession.

On Tuesday July 16, Muizenberg police received a tip-off about the storage of firearms at a home in Tafelberg Road, Hillview. Officers searched the premises at about 10.15pm and found a 9mm semi-automatic gun and ammunition in a wendy house.

The two occupants of the bungalow, aged 27 and 29, were arrested and charged with the possession of an unlicensed firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

Colonel Vassie Naidoo, station commander of Muizenberg police, commended the community for providing information which lead to the arrests.

“This shows that there is still a level of trust between the residents of Muizenberg and its police service. The removal of firearms and the combating of gangsterism remains a high priority of the South African Police Service (SAPS). The arrests once again proves that the partnership between the police and the community is of vital importance.”

In ongoing endeavours to eradicate the scourges of crime in communities, Muizenberg police, in partnership with other law enforcement agencies, made 91 arrests ranging from shoplifting to murder during operations since the beginning of the month.

The operations included the searching of drug houses, stop and searches and holding vehicle check points.