A Manenberg man was arrested in Hilda Court on Tuesday for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.The 25-year-old suspect was arrested after police officers patrolling the vicinity received a complaint of a shooting incident. “As they walked into the court they spotted a man sitting on the stairway. They approached him and as they got closer he got up and ran. Police officers cornered him as he tried to drop a firearm,” says Manenberg police spokesperson, Captain Ian BennettA revolver with five live rounds was recovered.The man was arrested and will be appearing in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.In a separate incident, also on Tuesday, two men, aged 22 and 40, were arrested for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.“Police officers deployed in the precinct to do high-density patrols combating gang violence saw two men walking in Pecos Walk. When they saw the police they started to run. Officers gave chase and cornered the two men at an address in Pecos Walk where they were hiding in an outside toilet. When they were searched, officers found a Norinco 9mm pistol with 15 live rounds of ammunition,” says Bennett.He adds that all firearms recovered are sent for ballistic testing to determine if they have been used in the commission of any other crimes.A 16-year-old boy was also arrested for the possession of a firearm and ammunition on Tuesday.Officers attached to the Stabilisation Unit were conducting high-density patrols in the area when they saw the boy standing at a house in Ruimte Road.“As they routinely stopped the vehicle the man started to run. He ran into the house where police officers cornered him. On searching the 16-year-old boy, they found a 9mm CZ pistol with 15 live rounds of ammunition,” Bennett says. The suspect was arrested and will be appearing in Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.“An illegal firearm in the hands of a criminal is dangerous, as the person’s intention will have deadly consequences. It is even more deadly when in the hands of a child. Persons using children to fight gang wars or gang disputes have serious and dangerous intentions to bring harm to a community,” Bennett adds.Manenberg Police Station commander, Brigadier Enolium Joseph, urges the community to be serious about protecting children and the youth from gangs and gangs’ ability to use children to fight in their gang conflicts.“Gangs using children to fight gang battles proves that the gangs are cowards and cannot deal with their conflict on their own. They use children and mothers as shields and they seem to reap the benefits,” says Joseph“The only benefit of belonging to or supporting any gang is sure death. Let us as a community protect our children, as they are the future of this community and this nation.” V Anyone with information regarding illegal firearms and ammunition can contact Manenberg Police Station on 021699 9400 or Crime Stop on 0860 010 111.