Seven men behind bars for Tafelsig murders

The firearm found in Mitchell's Plain.

Three 22-year-old men and two aged 24 were arrested in connection with a murder which took place in Cairn Close in Tafelsig on Tuesday August 2, around 9pm.

The dead man had stab wounds on his back and police found a knife at the scene. According to police, the man had been involved in an argument the previous week and had stabbed a person and fled the scene.

When he was spotted by the victim of the previous weeks stabbing, the man called his friends who chased him and stabbed him. He died on the scene of the incident, which police believe to be gang-related.

* Two men, aged 28 and 29, were arrested for the murder of a 27-year-old man in Langeberg Street, in Tafelsig, on Monday August 1, at 11.50pm.

When the police arrived on the scene, the man, who had a wound on his head, was already dead.

The man had apparently been walking with friends when they were approached by three men, one of whom shot the 27-year-old after they had searched him, and then fled on foot.

According to police, who recovered a firearm and two rounds of ammunition, the suspects are believed to be gang members.

* Three men, aged 24, 27 and 30, were arrested for attempted murder and house robbery in Eagle Street, Rocklands, around 4.30am on Sunday July 31.

The victim had been sleeping when his grandfather entered the room with six men. One of the men took out a firearm which he pointed at the man and threatened to kill him.

They took a cellphone, took the man outside and assaulted him before he was assisted by a relative.

The intruders fled the scene in a white VW Polo. Around 1.50pm the same day, the man heard a noise outside and went to investigate. He spotted the white Polo with the intruders who had previously assaulted him, and a woman, inside the vehicle. One of the men got out of the car, took out a firearm and allegedly fired two shots at the house. The people in the car then sped off.

The casing of the bullet which had been fired through the front window, was found on the dining room table, while a second shot had damaged the window frame.

General Gregory Goss, the Mitchell’s Plain cluster commander, said the police were working around the clock to prevent and combat crime. “Building stronger relationships and partnering with the community in Mitchell’s Plain forms part of the plan of partnership policing,” he said.

* Officers based a stations in the Mitchell’s Plain Cluster arrested a total of 168 people for various crimes, including attempted murder, possession of firearms and drugs between Friday July 29 and Friday August 5.

The cluster includes Mitchell’s Plain, Lentegeur and Strandfontein police stations as well as Athlone, Grassy Park, Lansdowne, Philippi and Steenberg.

Drugs found included 28g of heroin, 17 602g of tik, 102 mandrax tablets and 702g of dagga.

There were seven tracing operations which resulted in the arrest of 36 wanted persons. Twenty second-hand goods premises were visited and 27 shebeen operations were held. These resulted in seven arrests.

According to police, there were 88 crimes against women and children reported, which resulted in 13 arrests.

* A man, 34, was arrested for being in possession of a firearm and 20 small bank packets of dagga on Saturday August 6 in Lagonda Street, Beacon Valley.

The man faces charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of dagga.

* Mitchell’s Plain police recently secured the successful prosecution of Calvin Chaswill, 46, for a murder committed in 2014.

The detective unit secured the successful conviction of the accused and he was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, of which four years have been suspended for five years on condition that the accused is not convicted of murder committed during the period of suspension.

* Mitchell’s Plain police secured the successful prosecution of Sherman Petersen, 25, for two murders committed in 2014. For the first murder, he was sentenced to seven years imprisonment, while for the second, he received a lesser sentence.

He will serve an effective seven years, with both sentences running concurrently.