On Wednesday, January 5, at about 3:35pm members of the K9 Unit attached to the Provincial Extortion Task Team were summoned to the Solid Waste Drop off facility in Houtbay, where they were informed about an explosive device on the premises.
According to SAPS, the explosive detection dog Architta was used for an investigative search for the device and the dog reacted positively to the presence of possible live explosives in the device.
The bomb disposal technician on the scene disarmed the device and removed it from the scene. No arrests have been made as yet, while the circumstances are being investigated.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated matter, the vigilance by members of the Maitland Flying Squad led to the arrest of a 33-year-old male for negligent driving, housebreaking and the possession of an imitation firearm.
The members received information about suspects involved in a house robbery that was perpetrated in Mowbray. The vehicle was spotted in Sea Point and the driver of the vehicle sped away from police. A high-speed chase ended when the vehicle was stopped and searched.
The suspect who was found with an imitation firearm is due to make a court appearance in Cape Town Magistrates court on Monday, January 10 2022.