A high-speed chase in the wee hours of this Tuesday morning has led to an arrest of four alleged gang members in Muizenberg and confiscation of three firearms and ammunition in their possession.
According to the City’s mayoral committee member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith, the Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP) Reaction Unit were on patrol in Lavender Hill, when they were waved down by community members who informed the officers of a shooting that had taken place earlier. A description of the get-away vehicle was provided.
“Shortly after 01h00, the Opel Corsa was sighted and a high speed chase ensued through Steenberg into Muizenberg. The suspects lost control of their vehicle and all four suspects were arrested, where three firearms and ammunition were found in their possession. It was then established that while one of the suspects was residing in the Steenvillas apartment complex, all four of those arrested were alleged members of the JFK gang,” he said.
He added that a further follow-up concluded the person who had earlier been shot, had been transported to Victoria hospital and was a member of the alleged Flakka gang.
“Gang warfare continues to rage across Cape Town’s suburbs, as rival gangs continue to grapple for increased territory. The almost instant positive results offered to communities by the arrival and presence of LEAP show just how crucial additional policing resources become,” he said.
He urged Cape Town residents to ensure that they are counted in 2022 Census, stating that policing resources are continuously reduced each year by the national government and the resources in Western Cape are likely to be reduced even further if the current 2022 Census results do not accurately reflect the population ratio. “It is therefore vital that each resident, no matter their circumstance or background, ensure they are counted in the suburb where they are residing,” he said.
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