A suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a female biker on the N1 highway on Friday afternoon.

The woman was shot in her stomach after her motorbike broke down due to a flat tyre on N1 highway. She was rushed to hospital but later succumbed to her wounds.

The City of Cape Town told TimesLIVE that the 33-year-old male suspect was arrested on Friday evening at 8pm after a member of public came forward with insider information about a firearm being kept in a house in the Kensington area.

A .38 Special chrome revolver and 10 live rounds of ammunition were discovered by officers of the metro police stabilisation unit and South African Police Service (Saps) K9 units.

A statement issued by council on Saturday revealed that the victim’s personal belongings were found in the suspect’s home.

“They also found different bank cards and a driver’s license in a dustbin. It was later found that the cards belonged to the woman who was robbed on the N1 under the N7 bridge earlier that day,” the statement read.

Saps has charged the suspect with the possession of an illegal firearm, ammunition and suspected stolen property.

Council said further investigations will be conducted to determine if the suspect is guilty of shooting the woman.

“He is also suspected of murder pending the outcome of the ballistics test of the firearm which will be conducted by the South African Police Service,” council said.

The local community is reeling at the loss of life on such a busy stretch of road.

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Ishani Chetty

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