Guns seized in operation

Steenberg police arrested two men for the illegal possession of a firearm in Lavender Hill on Thursday 16 August.

“In their efforts to curb the ongoing gang shootings in the Steenberg policing area, officers attached to Operation Thunder intensified crime prevention operations in the area and it led to the arrest of a 27-year-old man this morning (Thursday 16 August) at 08:30. He was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. A 9mm pistol with 13 live rounds of ammunition were also confiscated,” says provincial police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana­.

In a separate incident on Wednesday 15 August, a 21-year-old man was arrested, while two firearms and ammunition were seized during a joint operation between Law Enforcement and Steenberg Police Station involved with Operation Thunder.

“Police responded to a shooting complaint in the area and they received information about a suspect who had unlicensed firearms and ammunition. Police followed up on the information and they arrested the suspect at a house in Lavender Hill. Two firearms and 24 live rounds of ammunition were found at the residence,” Rwexana says.