Shootings in Lavender Hill and Retreat leave two people dead

A 28-year-old man from Lesar Court in Steenberg was arrested and detained for the possession of an imitation firearm; possession of a dangerous weapon and the possession of suspected stolen property, on Saturday April 16.

Steenberg police Crime Prevention Unit officers were on patrol in Lakeview, Retreat, at about 3am, when they spotted the man riding a bicycle. When he saw the police van, he threw down a bag and jumped over a fence into a yard where officers found him hiding. When they searched the bag, they found an Armson paintball rifle, pepper spray and a music box.

According to the Dangerous Weapons Act of 2013, which was implemented at the beginning of 2014, a dangerous weapon means any object, other than a firearm, capable of causing death or inflicting serious bodily harm, if it were used for an unlawful purpose.

This, however, does not apply to:

a) Possession of dangerous weapons in pursuit of any lawful employment, duty or activity;

b) Possession of dangerous weapons during the participation in any religious or cultural activities or lawful sport, recreation or entertainment; or

c) As part of a legitimate collection, display or exhibition of weapons.

The man was due to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday April 18.