Police attached to the Mitchell’s Plain Cluster made several arrests for the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition during crime prevention operations, from Friday June 24 to Sunday July 3.
On Saturday July 2 at about 9pm, Mitchell’s Plain police made an arrest in Harvester Road, Westridge, for possession of an unlicensed firearm.
Police were attending to a complaint of pointing of a firearm when they found a black NZ7S firearm in the suspect’s possession with a magazine and eight 9mm rounds.
The suspect failed to produce a licence for the firearm and was also found to be under the influence of alcohol. The 55-year-old man was arrested and is expected to appear in court soon. The suspect faces a charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm and charges related to handling the firearm while under the influence of alcohol.
On Tuesday June 28, police arrested a 19-year-old man in Atletiek Street, Beacon Valley, for the illegal possession of a firearm.
Mitchell’s Plain police were following up information received and while searching the house in Atletiek Street found a 9mm short pistol with a magazine and seven 9mm rounds. A beige bulletproof vest with a SAPS tag and a pair of blue SAPS field dress pants were also recovered.
Police arrested a 26-year-old suspect in Portland on a charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition on Sunday June 26. The arrest comes after police received a tip-off from the community about a firearm being kept at a premises in Tugela Street.
When police searched the premises, they discovered a silver Weslem revolver with a black pistol grip with 10 rounds. .
Three more arrests, one for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and counterfeit goods were made in Portland on the same day.
Mitchell’s Plain police received a complaint of counterfeit goods being manufactured at a house in Windsor Street, Portland. Upon arrival, police found two men busy filling empty Sunlight and OMO bottles with an unknown powder. Two suspects, aged 23 and 21, were arrested for manufacturing counterfeit goods.
When officers continued searching the premises, they found a firearm with 14 9mm rounds, as well as two magazines with four rounds which were hidden in a sock. A 35-year-old man was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and is being investigated by police.
In other news, the Cape Times reports that the family of missing Raymonde Boltman is offering a R10 000 reward to anyone with information that will lead to finding her.
Ms Boltman, 24, who has a seven-month-old baby daughter, disappeared on Wednesday April 20 after she was dropped at a bus stop to catch a bus to work but she never arrived for work.
Ms Boltman’s sister, Genevieve, said Raymonde and their mother walked to the Clocktower bus stop in Lentegeur. Their mother then went on to Elsies River.
This was the last time Ms Boltman was seen, wearing an orange checked shirt, blue jeans and tan ankle boots.
Anyone with information can call Lentegeur police on 021 377 5029, the investigation officer, Warrant Officer Paul Sheldon, on 060 376 7654, the Pink Ladies, an organisation that works to help find missing people, on 072 214 7439 or Genevieve Boltman on 074 954 6088.