In a significant crackdown on criminal activities, the Nyanga Crime Prevention Unit in the Western Cape has successfully apprehended suspects involved in a range of offenses, including attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, possession of a hijacked vehicle, and the recovery of stolen property.
The Nyanga Crime Prevention Unit, during a routine foot patrol on November 15, 2023, in Eyadini informal settlement, Browns Farm, identified a suspicious vehicle with seven occupants. Swiftly responding to the situation, officers tactically approached the vehicle, only to be faced with an unknown individual brandishing a firearm. In self-defense, the officers took decisive action, resulting in the injury of the armed suspect. The adult male is currently hospitalized under police guard, facing charges of attempted murder and possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition. Further investigations revealed the reported hijacking of the vehicle, leading to the arrest of the remaining six occupants.
In a separate incident on the same day, Muizenberg police acted on information regarding illegal activities in Overcome Heights. A search of the identified address led to the confiscation of a Bryco automatic pistol and various ammunition, with a 43-year-old man subsequently detained on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
Responding to intelligence received between November 14 and November 15, 2023, Western Cape K9 members located a container truck with stolen cargo in Maitland. The stolen cargo, comprising 700 boxes of Turkey valued at R1 million, was found abandoned on a farm on Rondeberg Road in Atlantis. While no arrests were made, investigations into the incident are ongoing.
The suspects from these operations are anticipated to face charges in the Athlone and Muizenberg Magistrate Courts once formal charges are filed. These arrests underscore the continuous efforts of law enforcement agencies to address criminal activities and enhance public safety in the Western Cape region.