Two alleged gang hitmen tracked down and arrested in Cape Town, weapon found dumped in field

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Anti-Gang Unit members arrested two people with suspected links to gang members.
Anti-Gang Unit members arrested two people with suspected links to gang members.
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  • Two alleged hitmen with suspected links to the Terrible Josters gang in Cape Town were arrested.
  • Their arrests stem from an attempted murder in Kleinvlei earlier this month.
  • The weapon used in the attempted murder, as well as a magazine, were found abandoned in a field.

Two alleged hitmen with suspected links to the Terrible Josters gang in Eerste River, Cape Town have been arrested in connection with an attempted murder in Kleinvlei earlier this month.

The two suspects were expected to appear in court on Wednesday, on an attempted murder charge, said police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Pojie.

The men, aged 18 and 22, were arrested in Eerste River on Monday after the Anti-Gang Unit received a tip-off about homes in Eerste River.

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According to Pojie, the provincial Anti-Gang Unit pursued information in connection with the attempted murder while conducting tracing operations in the area on Monday evening. He said the information led police to a residence in Heather Park, Eerste River, where they arrested the 22-year-old.

He said they then proceeded with a search for the 18-year-old, who was traced and apprehended at a residence in the same area.

Pojie said: "The members followed up on information pertaining to the whereabouts of the weapon used in the attempted murder and proceeded with an extensive search till the early morning hours of the following day."

He continued:

Their efforts proved worthwhile when they found a 9mm semi-automatic Vector pistol and magazine abandoned in an open field in the vicinity of La Provence Street in Heatherlands, Eerste River.

"The firearm, with the serial number obliterated, was confiscated and handed in as an exhibit," said Pojie.

Pojie said the weapon would be sent for ballistic testing.

In two separate incidents, two people were arrested for the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

They were arrested while police officers were performing vehicle checks along the N7 and Koeberg Road, near Milnerton fire station.

"Their vehicles were searched when members found a black revolver with four .38 rounds and a 9mm pistol with 13 rounds of ammunition, respectively. These two suspects were detained and would make their respective first court appearances in the local magistrate's court once charged with the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

"Provincial management lauded the members for their persistence and vigilance in ridding our communities of illicit firearms and ammunition," said Pojie.

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