Gang violence threatens community

2016-07-26 10:45
Police and Metro Police were successful in seizing six firearms last week.

Police and Metro Police were successful in seizing six firearms last week.

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Manenberg has once again been caught in the grips of gang violence, and acting swiftly to stop the possible chaos that will ensue, Manenberg police have already confiscated six firearms on Wednesday 20 July.

Three alleged gang-related incidents have ripped through the community since last week. A gang member was shot at in his vehicle and a rival gang member, in a retaliation incident, was stabbed, shot and killed on Wednesday.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk says “swift reaction paid off” when a 31-year-old man was arrested near Pam Court, Manenberg, for the possession of an unlicensed firearm at about 12:00 on Wednesday afternoon.

“The unit’s members were doing high-density patrols to combat gang violence within the precinct. They responded to gunshots in the area, and saw a man running. They managed to corner him and saw him throwing a firearm down. They promptly arrested him and confiscated the firearm,” Van Wyk confirms.

The serial number of the firearm was filed off, he adds.

The suspect was charged with the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and an additional charge of possession of a prohibited firearm was also added. The suspect appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court.

On the Wednesday, at about 12:15, a 35-year-old man was also arrested for the possession of firearms and ammunition by Metro police officers attached to the City of Cape Town’s gang unit deployed in the Manenberg policing precinct.

Metro police officers found the suspect in possession of four firearms.
“They were patrolling the N2 when they received information regarding a white Toyota Tazz transporting illegal firearms. Metro police officers spotted the vehicle on the off-ramp at Duinefontein Road in the direction of Manenberg. They pulled the vehicle over and as they approached, they saw the driver throwing a bag under the car. They checked the bag and found four 9mm pistols with 40 live 9mm rounds,” Van Wyk confirms.

All firearms had their serial numbers removed.

The suspect was arrested for the possession of illegal and unlicensed firearms and ammunition. An additional charge of possession of a prohibited firearm was added.
Shortly after the two successful arrests, on the same day at about 13:45, a 21-year-old man was arrested for the possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.

Says Van Wyk: “The Manenberg police crime prevention team were on patrol when they heard gun shots in the vicinity of Rio Grande Road. As they drove through the area they saw a man running towards them, and as he saw the police, he threw something down. On stopping the man and returning to where police saw him dropping something, they found a 9mm Norinco pistol with four live rounds in the magazine,” Van Wyk confirms.

The 21-year-old suspect was arrested and was charged with the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Police confirm the suspect was running from a scene where a gang leader was shot at in his Audi vehicle on Wednesday.

Despite his vehicle being riddled with bullets and shattered windows and windscreens, the gang leader escaped unscathed with only a torn jacket.

In another incident, an alleged gang member was killed after he was attacked in an alleged gang-related incident.

A Facebook post in which the victim can be seen covered in blood was shared during the week.
“Circumstances surrounding the death of a 38-year-old man on Wednesday 19 July who was attacked at about 13:20, is under investigation. He was rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, but died due to injuries sustained,” Van Wyk says.

A case of murder has been opened for investigation. No arrests have been made.

A reliable source confirmed that three rival gangs – Clever Kids, Hard Livings and American – are related to the recent incidents of gun and gang fights.
Manenberg police spokesperson Captain Ian Bennett says the swift action by police has prevented possible further bloodshed in the shaken community.

“Police officers and extra resources deployed in the area have played a vital role in the combating of crime in this area, especially with the seizing [of firearms]. We were gearing up for a flare-up of gang violence over the weekend, but quick action has ensured these guns will not be used for criminal acts in our community,” he says.
If you have any information regarding criminal activity, contact Manenberg police on 021 699 9400 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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