Flying squad arrest hijacking suspects

Two men believed to have been involved in a hijacking in Fish Hoek earlier this month were arrested in Mitchell’s Plain last week.

Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith of Lentegeur police station said on Wednesday May 3, officers with the Flying Squad had been patrolling Swartklip Road near Montclair when a white bakkie drew their attention and they followed it.

“They found it had been involved in a hijacking incident. The driver of the bakkie was searched and a knife, seven packets of tik, nine mandrax tablets and one ‘stop’ of dagga was found on him,” she said.

The two, aged 25 and 28, were arrested and charged with hijacking and being in possession of drugs and three dangerous weapons.

Acting station commander of Lentegeur police station, Colonel Simasa Mjali, said police would continue to clamp down on crime. “Strengthening partnerships between the community and the police is high on our agenda and it is helping to reduce crime and apprehend perpetrators.”

She also thanked members under her command and residents in her precinct for a “job well done”.

If you have any information about this case call Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

A 38-year-old man was arrested for being in possession of a Star 9mm pistol with one magazine and ammunition, in Elandskloof Street, Tafelsig, on Wednesday May 3.

Around 1pm, while Mitchell’s Plain police were patrolling, they received information about a man entering a house with a firearm. The police searched the house and found the firearm hidden in the bedroom. He will appear in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court soon.

A man, aged 51, was arrested for being in possession of drugs in Peugeot Way in Beacon Valley, at 11.15pm on Thursday May 4.

The drugs, found in the bedroom, included five clear plastic bags of tik, one medium-sized bag of unga powder, two small bags of unga powder, and 19 straws of unga powder. The suspect faces a charge of possession of drugs and will appear in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court soon.

Mitchell’s Plain police station commander Brigadier Cass Goolam has called on firearm owners to be responsible with their weapons. “Please ensure that your firearm is stored in a safe. Ensure that the key is kept in safe storage/code. Keep firearms away from children and teach them that a gun is not a toy. Report any loss immediately,” he said.