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Weekend operations yield results

Weekend operations targeting serious and violent crimes within various station precincts in the Blue Downs Cluster have yielded success with seven firearms, an assortment of ammunition, drugs and army uniforms confiscated.

On Friday evening (7 June) in Extension 13 in Belhar, Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) officers reacted to gunshots in the area. Upon seeing the police, the suspects started running. Police gave chase and apprehended the two men aged 18 and 19 who threw the unlicensed firearms, a .38 special revolver and a 9 mm pistol over rooftops when they realised police were catching up on them.

It is alleged the suspects had gone to attack rival gang members in the area.

Meanwhile, on Saturday evening (8 June) officers of the same CPU on patrol in the area followed sounds of gunshots and were directed by the community to where they cornered two suspects with two 9 mm pistols.

They arrested the suspects aged 17 and 25 for illegal possession of firearms. They are believed to be members of a local gang.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, police on foot patrol in Wesbank in Mfuleni pursued armed suspects and recovered two .38 special revolvers, six .38 rounds of ammunition, one handmade firearm (zip gun) and one 9mm round of ammunition

The suspects are aged 22, 29 and 30.

As part of weekend operations, Kleinvlei police reacted to a tip-off of firearms and drugs at two premises in Eersterivier on Friday evening. From one location they seized 14 9mm rounds, four .22 rounds, 20 blanks, one bulletproof vest and one army uniform.

A 34-year-old woman was arrested.

Her 34-year-old boyfriend has since handed himself over as he was sought by police. In an adjacent house, police arrested a 62-year-old woman who had stashed 140 straws of tik inside her clothes. The two premises are believed to be hide-outs for gang members.

Provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula has acknowledged all weekend operations executed by police. “With all these arrests, so many lives have been spared,” says Jula.

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