Three held for illegal guns

Manenberg police arrested three men for illegal gun possession over the weekend, in three separate incidents.

On Friday October 6, at about 9pm, the 45-year-old man was was arrested for the possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.

Officers stopped and searched the man in Nkosiyabo Street and found a 7.65 pistol, with a serial number, and seven live rounds in his possession.

On Saturday October 7 at 5pm, a 38-year-old man was arrested in Belinda Walk. Officers were patrolling the area and responded to a gangshooting in Red River Road.

Manenberg police spokesman Captain Ian Bennett said the policemen saw a man firing a pistol.

When he saw the police, he shot at them and fled. The officers caught him he was arrested for the posession of a 9mm pistol and eight live rounds of ammunition.

On Sunday October 8, at 11.50pm, a 20-year-old man was arrested for possession of an illegal unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Police were patrolling in Thames Walk and saw a man acting suspiciously who fled when he saw them.

The officers cornered him in a house as he tried to hide a 9mm pistol with 10 live rounds of ammunition. All the confiscated firearms will be sent for ballistic testing and the three men appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Monday October 9.

The City’s mayoral committee member for safety and security; and social services, JP Smith, said: “The City calls on MEC Dan Plato and the Western Cape Department of Community Safety to continue to raise with the South African Police Service the crisis around the large number of illegal firearms in circulation and for SAPS to put in place the necessary investigative and crime intelligence systems and units to identify the source of these weapons as this will require a comprehensive investigative effort.

“I appeal to the public to work with us by coming forward with any information about illegal guns, drugs and other illicit activities. Many of our successes come as a result of community intelligence. Working together in this manner is the only way we are truly going to make our streets safer.”

Anyone with information regarding illegal firearms and ammunition can call Manenberg police on 021 699 9400 or crime stop 0860 010 111.

Intruders tied up and robbed an elderly couple during an early-morning home invasion in Kenwyn last Friday.

Lansdowne police spokesman Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka, said four men broke into the Block Road house at 4am, woke the couple and demanded the keys to the safe.

The men tied the couple up and ransacked the house, stealing the woman’s jewellery as well as two flat-screen TVs, a laptop, a Samsung Galaxy phone and a silver Corsa bakkie with registration, CA 477 315.

The robbers are still at large. Anyone with information can contact Lansdowne detectives at 021 700 9000 or 082 576 2804.

Lansdowne detectives need help to find the killers of Dullah Omar’s nephew, Shaheed Omar, 44, who was shot by an unknown man on the corner of Govan Mbeki and Strandfontein roads in Lansdowne, on Thursday August 10, about 8:30pm.

Mr Omar was driving with his mother when he was gunned down while waiting for the traffic lights to change. The suspect then ran down Strandfontein Road, towards Ottery or Grassy Park. There is no clear description of the suspect.

Anyone with information can call Lansdowne detectives at 021 700 9000 or 082 576 2804 or Captain Gavin Sias at 082 411 4094.