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Four suspects linked to firearm confiscations have joined more than 100 others behind bars after running into the long arm of the City’s law enforcement agencies in recent days. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team (GDTT) and Stabilisation Unit confiscated four illegal firearms in one day – three of them in Manenberg.

On Thursday 7 April 2016, the GDTT arrested a 32-year-old suspect with a .38 special revolver and four rounds of ammunition in Hanover Park. The same team later arrested a 26-year-old for possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition in Manenberg. Five other suspects were arrested in Manenberg on Thursday for possession of narcotics. Officers confiscated various quantities of dagga and mandrax.

That same day, the Law Enforcement Stabilisation Unit confiscated two firearms in Manenberg. During a patrol of the area, officers approached four men who started running away when they spotted the officers. One of them tossed a firearm into a yard while fleeing, but officers caught up with him and also found the firearm which had been reported stolen in Khayelitsha. In the second incident, officers searched a suspect and found him in possession of a Glock pistol. The firearm had been reported stolen in Kraaifontein.

‘All of these firearms will be sent for ballistics tests to determine if they have been used in any crimes. Hopefully these tests will help build solid cases against the suspects arrested. There are far too many illegal firearms on our streets. While I commend our officers for their sterling work, I worry that the four firearms taken off the streets are simply being replaced by others brought into circulation. Cracking the weapons supply chain should be a critical part of policing efforts to quell gang violence. Once we roll out Shot Spotter in Manenberg and Hanover Park, we will see a further increase in the number of firearms confiscated,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

The Metro Police Department arrested 13 more suspects – 10 for possession of drugs (including one suspect who was cultivating dagga in Ocean View, pictured), and three others for assault and possession of 13 abalone.

On the roads, the City’s Ghost Squad and the Integrated Roadblock Unit teamed up for what turned out to be one of their busiest weekends to date.

Officers arrested 85 suspects during roadblocks and operations between Friday 8 April and Sunday 10 April 2016. This included 67 arrests for drunk driving (25 at a single roadblock in Durbanville) and a record 15 arrests for reckless and negligent driving during an operation focusing on illegal street racing in Athlone and Mitchells Plain on Saturday.

During the street racing operation, officers also attended to two serious road accidents along Klipfontein Road – one involving a pedestrian. In the other incident, one of the drivers tried to drive away, but was apprehended and charged with drunk driving as well as reckless and negligent driving.

In Table View, a taxi driver was stopped at a roadblock on Sunday and found to be under the influence of alcohol. Officers then discovered a young woman passed out on the back seat. Officers noticed that the woman had injuries to her face consistent with assault. The driver, who was wearing a bloodied t-shirt, later confessed that the woman was a friend of his girlfriend. Investigations are still ongoing, but a case of rape has been opened against the driver.

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