firearms, ammunition

Unlicensed firearms and ammunition were seized in Western Cape police operations. Photo: SAPS/Facebook

Police clear Western Cape streets of unlicensed firearms and ammunition

Several firearms and an assortment of ammunition were recovered in several operations in the Western Cape.

firearms, ammunition

Unlicensed firearms and ammunition were seized in Western Cape police operations. Photo: SAPS/Facebook

Western Cape police managed to arrest seven people recently for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

The arrests were made during integrated operations in the province.


The integrated operations have been successful in terms of recovering firearms and arresting the perpetrators.

The two suspects a male (47) and a female (56) were arrested on a farm near the Philadelphia area for illegal possession of firearms, ammunition and dagga.

When police searched the farm they found ten boxes containing dagga, fifty dagga plants, two scales, three fans, and other equipment used for producing cannabis.

Police spokesperson Captain Frederick Van Wyk said an undisclosed amount of money, one shotgun and two rifles, 86 rounds and three cartridges were seized.

The street value of the dagga is yet to be established.

Meanwhile, Intelligence-driven operations in Durbanville and a farm in the Kouebokke Veldt landed two suspects behind bars for the possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

“Police members attached to the Anti-Gang Unit, Crime Intelligence and FLASH executed search warrants at these premises and found firearms such as shotguns, revolvers, pistols and ammunition.”

Captain Van Wyk said.

Two males aged 43 and 45 were arrested at the respective premises.


In another incident, two suspects aged 19 and 23 were arrested by the Gansbaai SAPS for possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition.

Police members noticed a commotion in a house in Kappertjie Street, Blom Park and witnessed a suspect running from the scene.

“Police apprehended the suspect and the next minute another suspect came out running and had a firearm in his hand.

“According to the one with the firearm, the suspect who ran out first wanted to shoot him and he hustled the firearm from his possession. Both suspects were arrested by police.”

Captain Van Wyk said.

A 9mm pistol without a serial number was confiscated.

In another arrest, a 23-year-old male was arrested for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in Delft Main Road.

Delft SAPS members were performing patrols in the area and observed the suspect acting suspiciously when they spotted him.

Police then conducted a stop-and-search operation and the suspect was found in possession of a .38 Special revolver with five rounds.


Furthermore, Western Cape detectives worked hard in arresting 623 wanted suspects who found themselves on the wrong side of the law.

They were arrested on various charges related to murder, attempted murder, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, house robbery, burglary, sexual offences and possession of drugs.

The Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Thembisile Patekile commended the unrelenting efforts of all police officers involved in these operations in ensuring that unlicensed firearms and ammunition are removed from the streets.

ALSO READ: “Gang members” involved in violent and serious crime arrested in Gauteng