Media Statement from Western Cape Media Centre
Corporate Communication and Liaison
South African Police Service
In their efforts and commitment to remove illegal Firearms from the Nyanga Cluster precinct, police members have confiscated twelve illegal Firearms and ammunition and arrested more than 700 suspects for various crimes. The arrests and confiscations were the result of various focussed operations conducted in the past nine days in Bishop Lavis, Elsies River, Guguletu, Manenberg, Nyanga and Philippi East.
More than 12 suspects were arrested for the possession of illegal and imitation Firearms and ammunition. A total of 197 suspects were nabbed for the possession of various drugs. Eighty-six were suspects wanted for various crimes and 31 were arrested for crimes against women and children. Forty-two were arrested for illegally dealing in liquor and more than 71 were arrested for the possession of dangerous weapons. The others were arrested for the possession of stolen property, which includes appliances, flat screens, vehicles, cell phones and other items. Several other suspects were apprehended for crimes ranging from murder and attempted murder to house robbery, business robbery, common assault and assault GBH, fraud and other crimes.
One hundred and sixty-one searches were also conducted at identified drug houses, which resulted in 254 mandrax tablets being confiscated, 285g of tik, 4870g of dagga, 5341litres of liquor and 14 counterfeit notes. Some of the confiscations were the result of 156 vehicle control points conducted.
Compliance inspections were conducted at licensed liquor outlets and visits at spaza shops.
The police members who took part in the operations were praised for their concerted efforts in ensuring that they remove illegal Firearms from society and arrest suspects who continue to disrupt peace in the community.
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