Tensions cooling down in the Hills

2019-05-28 06:01

Following a number of incidents of using illegal firearms in Lavender Hill, tensions between rival gangs seem to have cooled.

On Monday 13 May at about 17:40 the Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) of Steenberg Police Station arrested a 22-year-old man for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in St Alban Street, Lavender Hill.

The arrest came after a chase which ensued when members of the CPU noticed a man who began to run after he spotted the police car. The police officers gave chase which led the suspect to jump over the fences of the residential properties.

According to Steenberg police, the suspect was apprehended and found in possession of a 9mm Parabellum pistol with its serial number filed off.

A resident and community leader who witnessed the commotion as it played out near his church, Pastor Basil Leukes, shared his opinion of what took place. He said that the recent spike in the number of shootings that have taken place in the community is a result of a gang-related manhunt.

It can be dated back to Wednesday 27 March when it was reported that the body of a decapitated man was found in a trolley cart on Hillary Drive. It is believed that gang members offed the man as he was a witness in a high profile criminal case. Leukes, from the information he’s gathered from residents, believes the current manhunt is for the second witness in the case.

Steenberg police spokesperson Sergeant Wesley Twigg, could not confirm the claims. “People are talking about it, but we can’t confirm it. It’s all speculation,” he said.

“Currently we are busy with stop and search operations, increased manpower; we try to do disruptive operations to try keep the community as safe as possible, and try keep the gangs out of the area and get them to stop shooting. For now, we have our hand on that.”

He said the number of gun-related incidents have reduced significantly since Monday 20 May.

Steenberg police also thank the residents for their vigilance and efforts to rid the communities of illegal firearms.


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