Man, 50, killed in gang shooting

A firearm was confiscated.

Bishop Lavis police are investigating the murder of a 50-year-old man who was shot in Jakkalsvlei Avenue, Bonteheuwel, on Saturday September 19.

According to Bishop Lavis police station’s spokesman, Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi, when police arrived on the scene, they were informed that the victim was transported to hospital after he sustained gunshot wounds to his right arm, buttocks, left knee and the back of his head.

The motive for the attack is gang-related, and the shooting happened in a known gang territory, said Warrant Officer Swartbooi.

Athlone police arrested a 40-year-old man on Sunday September 20 for the illegal possession of a gun and ammunition.

At about 10pm, while patrolling the area, police received a tip-off that a man dressed in a red jacket was walking in Eland Street, Kewtown, carrying a firearm.

According to Athlone police station’s spokeswoman, Sergeant Zita Norman, police then conducted foot patrols in Eland Street and saw the man and searched him. They found him with a gun with six bullets and the serial number of the firearm filed off.

The man was due to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on the charge of illegal possession of a gun and ammunition.

A few hours later, Athlone police arrested a 19-year-old man in Canal Road, Belgravia, at 1am, also for the possession of a firearm.

Police were patrolling the area when they came across the man and searched him. They found an .38 Special firearm with the serial number known to SAPS as the firearm was reported stolen in Elsies River.

The man was due to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court.

Athlone police are looking for seven men who robbed a shop in Cornflower Street, Bridgetown, on Sunday September 20 at 10.40am.

The men entered the shop with a gun and demanded everyone’s belongings.

They stole cash, cigarettes and cellphones worth R33 690 and fled the scene.

Bishop Lavis police arrested a 30-year-old man for the possession of an illegal gun and ammunition while patrolling in Bonteheuwel on Thursday September 17.

At around noon the convoy drove down Syringa Avenue when they noticed a suspect known to them as a shooter for the Junky Funky gang. Police searched him and found a 9mm gun with two bullets.

The suspect was due to appear in the Bishop Lavis Magistrate’s Court.

Bishop Lavis police arrested a 24-year-old man on Thursday September 17 at 8.30pm for dealing in drugs.

While patrolling the area, police noticed a VW Polo, which belongs to a member of the Fancy Boy gang, parked at a suspected drug outlet in Amandel Road in Bonteheuwel.

When the driver noticed the police car, he sped away and police gave chase, cornering the driver in Apricot Street.

The driver got out of the car and handed over one ecstasy tablet to police.

Upon further inspection of the car, police found two plastic bags filled with tik and an unknown amount of cash.

Athlone police are looking for the family of Benya Nolukholo, born on February 6 1992.

Anyone with information, is asked to contact Detective Jaco Smit on 021 697 9246.