Several suspects arrested for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition in Manenberg and Bishop Lavis

WESTERN CAPE – Committed to keeping their communities safe, members of Manenberg and Bishop Lavis arrested several suspects for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
This afternoon (Sunday, 2020-12-06) at about 12:00 a 37-year-old male was arrested for attempted murder in Manenberg. Members attached to Manenberg SAPS responded to a shooting incident within Zuurberg Road, Heideveld, where several shots was randomly fired from a suspicious vehicle. As the members patrolled the immediate area they spotted a silver Mercedes Benz and as they approached the vehicle the driver accelerated and sped off. After a short high speed chase the vehicle was stopped in Fifth Avenue, Heideveld. The members searched the vehicle and occupant and found in him possession of his legal registered firearm. He will appear in court once charged and face charges of attempted murder and his firearm will be confiscated and handed in as evidence.
The members were commended for their quick response and bringing this perpetrator to book.

In an unrelated matter, SAPS members in Bishop Lavis arrested a 20-year-old man in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in Oleander Street in Netreg.
On Saturday, 2020-12-05 members of Bishop Lavis Crime Prevention Unit were busy with a crime operation after a shooting incident during the day. When the members were driving down Oleander Street in Netreg, they saw four males sitting on the corner.
When the vehicle stopped, two males walked away and the SAPS members stopped and searched them. They found one of them in possession of a revolver and five rounds of ammunition. The suspect could not produce a valid licence for the firearm and he was arrested and detained at Bishop Lavis SAPS. Once charged, the 20-year-old suspect will make a court appearance in the Bishop Lavis Magistrate Court on a charge of possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
During the same day members were busy with patrols near to Gloxinia Street, they heard gunshots and proceeded in that direction. They saw three males firing gunshots in the direction of another group of men in Kalksteenfontein. The members followed on foot, crossing the railway line and noticed how the three males were hiding themselves behind a wall.
The suspects then fired at SAPS members after which the members retaliated. The trio then fled the scene and SAPS members followed the one suspect running with the firearm openly displayed in his hand. A 24-year-old male was arrested.
Once charged the suspect will appear in the Bishop Lavis Magistrate court on a charge of possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Source: South African Police Service