Citizens help cops nab hijackers

2016-10-20 06:00
 Constables Masixole Mbali, Nokuthala Sidzumo, Bulelwa Majikijela, Yongama Ngalo with the confiscated firearms

Constables Masixole Mbali, Nokuthala Sidzumo, Bulelwa Majikijela, Yongama Ngalo with the confiscated firearms

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Patrons of a popular Khayelitsha tarvern were hailed after helping police nab two suspects connected to a foiled car-jacking attempt.

Lingelethu West police spokeswoman Constable Xoliswa Nyalambisa said the suspects had opened fire wounding a detective during the botched hijack attempt.

She said the incident took place at the Groova Lounge in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“Three suspects grabbed two cellphones whilst trying to hijack a car. After a lengthy shoot out with the suspects, two were caught,” said Nyalambisa.

She said one detective was shot in the buttocks and lower leg, but recuperating in hospital.

“The community members who witnessed the incident played a huge role in this matter and we thank them very much,” she said.

.In another police success story, the Hawks arrested three suspects aged 27, 28 and 30 for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition following a shoot-out with police at a residence in Site B.

The arrests happened when a multidisciplinary team consisting of the Hawks and the SAPS’ TRT unit swiftly followed up on information regarding alleged stored illegal firearms.

Hawks spokesman Captain Lloyd Ramovha said upon approaching the d house, shots were suddenly fired in the direction of the police.

“We retaliated and subsequently penetrated the house culminating in the arrest of the three suspects. No one was injured,” he said.

An LM5 automatic rifle and two hand guns with serial numbers filed of as well as ammunition were seized.

.Meanwhile, another accused, Anele Mayongo, 23, with alleged intrinsic links to the trio appeared in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Thursday after the Hawks narcotics and firearms members swooped in on him at a local petrol station on Tuesday in Lingelethu West, for possession of unlicensed firearm,.

Western Cape, Acting Provincial Head of the Hawks, Brigadier Mzwandile Ndlovu, welcomed the arrests.

“This augurs well for the fight against proliferation of firearms in our communities. We shall continue to execute our constitutional mandate to ensure the safety of all members of the community at all material times,” Brigadier Ndlovu said.

The trio, with alleged gang links, appeared in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

.Also, the Harare SAPS members confiscated a total of six illegal firearms as well as 21 rounds of live ammunition.

These firearms were seized during stop and search operations conducted in the Harare policing precinct that also resulted in six suspects being arrested for possession of illegal firearms.

The police have vowed to continue with these kinds of operations as these confiscations proved that there are quite a number of illegal firearms circulating in the area.

Two Norinco pistols and four 9mm pistols with a total of 21 rounds were also confiscated when police spotted suspicious looking people and searched them in various areas such as Enkanini, Harare, Kuyasa and SST.

A total of six suspects aged between 22/39 have been arrested and charged for possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.

Harare Station Commander Colonel Tshohleho Raboliba applauded the efforts done by the police.

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