Mitchell’s Plain police secured the successful prosecution of Angus Taka, 21, who was sentenced to five years direct imprisonment last week for attempted murder.
Investigating officer Detective Warrant Officer Dedrick April was instrumental in the successful conviction of Taka for attempted murder, possession of a firearm, and possession of ammunition that occurred in 2014.
Mitchell’s Plain police spokesperson, Constable Nozuko Makwayiba, said police were patrolling in Tafelberg Road, Tafelsig, when they were informed by residents that there were men who were robbing people at gunpoint. “While speaking to the police, the suspects appeared, one of them pointed a firearm at the police officers and shot at them. Taka was arrested and the firearm with two magazines and 13 rounds was confiscated,” she said.
* In other news, Anthony van Roodt, 48, was prosecuted last week for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in March 2014.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Ashley Donough helped to secure the successful conviction of Van Roodt who was sentenced to five years direct imprisonment for possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition.
The incident occurred in Rugby Street, Beacon Valley, where police found a firearm, 16 rounds of ammunition and one cartridge in Van Roodt’s possession while they were conducting stop-and-search operations in the area.
* Mitchell’s Plain SAPS’s Crime Prevention Unit arrested a 25-year-old man in Crevasse Street, Tafelsig, on Monday February 22 at 4.30pm for being in possession of a Baby Brown pistol.
* Eastridge Neighbourhood Watch found an abandoned homemade firearm and one round of live ammunition in Malva Street, Eastridge, on Wednesday February 24, at 7am. The members were doing a routine patrol in their sector when they discovered the zip gun lying in the street.
* Mitchell’s Plain police have successfully applied for a warrant of arrest for Ebrahim Abrahams wanted in connection with alleged fraud.
Mr Abrahams, who previously lived at a house in Marsha Street, Tafelsig, allegedly committed fraud whereby he sold houses on behalf of the Cape Town Community Housing Company without their consent or knowledge.
Anyone who was a victim of this scam or who knows the whereabouts of Mr Abrahams is asked to contact the investigating officer Sergeant Abdul Lewis on 021 370 2820 or 072 958 9293.
* The National Prosecuting Authority’s Asset Forfeiture Unit has obtained a court order to seize a car and over R1 million in cash linked to alleged drug dealer Fadwaan “Vet” Murphy, who resides in Lentegeur.
While police have raided Mr Murphy’s place on various occasions, mostly on drug-related charges, he has never been convicted.
Lieutenant Colonel Sagadevan Reddy from Lentegeur police station said: “There have been raids done, asset forfeiture and seizures made. I can confirm that an investigation is ongoing. The investigation is at a sensitive stage and this office will be able to give a full briefing within the next few weeks,” he said.