Teens arrested for illegal firearms, ammunition


In an effort to remove illegal firearms and ammunition that perpetuate serious and violent crimes, police in Western Cape raided an open field in 18th Avenue, Kensington.

Anti-Gang Unit embers seized three firearms, ammunition and arrested two suspects aged 18 and 19.

The police were responding to a tip-off about a shooting incident and on spotting the police, two males fled and were pursued.

Police discovered an Uzi 9mm automatic pistol with the serial number filed off; a 9mm Vektor pistol; a shotgun; 25 9mm rounds; four shotgun rounds; seven 7.62 rounds and a double barrel shotgun.

The teenagers were arrested for illegal possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition.

They are expected in court soon.

In a statement, police management commended the efforts of the Anti-Gang Unit as they continue to prevent loss of life and injury retrieving illegal firearms and ammunition that contribute to shooting incidents plaguing some Cape Town communities.

Firearms amnesty period

The SAPS is currently implementing a firearms amnesty period, which will run until 31 May 2020.

The nationwide campaign is aimed at encouraging people illegally in possession of or with unwanted arms and ammunition to hand them to police without fear of prosecution.

“People are cautioned that should they be found in possession of guns by police as opposed to voluntarily surrender, they cannot rely on the amnesty period for exoneration from prosecution,” said a statement issued when the period started.

The firearm amnesty period began on 1 December 2019.