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Roadblock at Huguenot Tunnel yields illegal firearm

Two men were arrested for being in possession of an illegal firearm during a joint operation at the Huguenot Tunnel on Friday evening.

The operation was part of the Western Cape Provincial Traffic Service’s weekly integrated roadblocks.

Police are investigating the possibility whether the firearm has been used in taxi-related killings that have been played out in areas throughout the Cape Town area over the past week.

“It is often the case that illegal firearms are used in other serious criminal activities and or gang related violence,” the police said in a statement.

In the week of 5 to 11 July provincial traffic officers implemented a total of 144 integrated roadblocks, vehicle checkpoints and speed-control operations across the province. In this period 24 925 vehicles were stopped and checked.

A total of 264 speeding offences were recorded and 3 860 fines were issued for various traffic violations ranging from driver to vehicle fitness in the total amount of R3 568 750.

Six vehicles were impounded and 49 were discontinued for not being roadworthy.

A total of 11 charges were laid under the Disaster Management Act and fines to the total value of R15 500 were issued, and 22 people were arrested for various offences under the National Road Traffic Act, Criminal Procedure Act, and Disaster Management Act regulations.

In addition, a total of seven crashes occurred in the reporting period, and nine fatalities were recorded. They include five pedestrians, two drivers, one cyclist and one passenger.

Provincial traffic is adding value to the integrated approach to crime-prevention efforts in the province by joining with other services.

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