Six suspects have been arrested in two separate incidents this past week for possession of firearms in Khayelitsha, Western Cape, and Eldorado Park, Soweto.
Four suspects were arrested after firing gunshots at police members in Enkanini informal settlement, Khayelitsha, on Friday.
The accused were arrested for possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition, possession of presumed stolen property and attempted murder.
This followed a search for suspects involved in a case of carjacking.
According to the South African Police Service (Saps) spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi, the suspects are between the ages of 22 and 25.
The search led police officials to an informal settlement in Enkanini.
“Unknown suspects inside the shack fired numerous gunshots at the officers when they knocked at the door, with the officers returning fire in retaliation,” said Swartbooi.
Khayelitsha police members confiscated three pistols with ammunition and mobile phones.
“Three of the suspects who sustained injuries as a result of gunshot wounds were transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment under police guard,” Swartbooi added.
The four suspects are expected to appear before the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court soon.
Meanwhile, two suspects were nabbed for possession of unlicensed ammunition and possession of an unlicensed firearm on Thursday.
Following a random stop and search conducted by the Eldorado Park Crime Prevention Unit in Slovo Park.
Sergeant Roxanne Gibbs said a suspect aged 27 was found to be in possession of unlicensed live ammunition.
“The members who continued executing their random stop and searches furthermore found a 30-year-old man at Jamila’s Centre, along Silver Street, in possession of an unlicensed firearm,” Gibbs said.
The duo is expected to appear in court soon.