Media Statement from Western Cape Media Centre
Corporate Communication and Liaison
South African Police Service
Community co-operation in the fight against crime in Nyanga continue to yield positive results. Two suspects are expected to appear in court after they were arrested yesterday in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.
At about 10:00 members received information about a suspect armed with a firearm in his vehicle. Police searched for the vehicle and found the suspect in Zwelitsha. The 51-year-old suspect was arrested for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and also found with two stoppe of dagga.
Four hours later the second suspect, a 27-year-old man was arrested also for the possession of an illegal firearm. The arrest was after police were also tipped off about the firearm in the suspect’s vehicle. They searched for the vehicle and found it in Fourth Avenue in Pula Road, Nyanga. Police found the suspect inside the vehicle with an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
The two suspects will appear in Athlone Magistrates’ Court on Monday for the possession of illegal firearms and ammunition and the 51-year-old will also face a charge of possession of dagga.
Last night three male aged 23, 26 and 30 were arrested in Browns Farm Nyanga for impersonating a traffic officer. The three suspects were conducting an illegal road block with the possible intention to collect bribe money from motorists, when they were confronted by SAPS members. One of the suspects is a traffic warden and supplied the other two with his uniform. All three have been detained and are expected to appear in Athlone Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
This morning a 39-year-old woman was arrested for possession of 11.5kg dagga in Philippi East. The suspect was a passenger in a taxi when the vehicle was stopped in a road block in Stock Road next to the Police Base Camp. She is expected to also make a court appearance on Monday.
Enquiries: Lt Col Andre Traut: 083 300 1752