South Africa: Eight Suspects Arrested and Three Unlicensed Firearms Seized in Cape Town

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In the quest to prevent robbery incidences along Station Road in Observatory, Crime Prevention Unit members attached to Woodstock police deployed in the area, stopped and searched a vehicle last night. Hidden in the vehicle they found two firearms and rounds of ammunition. The two firearms seized are unlicensed. Seven suspects between the ages of 17 and 38 were arrested, some of whom had visible number gangs tattoos inscribed on their bodies. They are believed to be from Athlone. All suspects have been charged with possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. They will appear in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Friday.

Meanwhile still within the Cape Town Cluster, yesterday Langa police followed up information and arrested a 27 year foreign national who runs a shop in the Joe Slovo informal settlement for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. The firearm and 10 rounds of ammunition were hidden in a shack where the shop owner resides. Preliminary findings indicate that the 9mm Z88 firearm was reported stolen in Brixton, Gauteng in 2009. The suspect is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

All efforts to rid communities of illegal firearms that are the main generators of other serious and violent crimes are acknowledged appreciated. Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Khombinkosi Jula has commended the police members involved. "Our members across the Province have been advised to intensify efforts targeting the proliferation of illegal firearms within Westen Cape communities", says Lt General Jula.

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