Illegal firearms confiscated in Lavender Hill

Lavender Hill in Cape Town. Picture: Janine Willemans/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Metro police officials on Monday said they are concerned about how easily accessible firearms have become to the public.

Officers conducted several raids in Lavender Hill this weekend, where they confiscated several illegal firearms.

Cape Town Metro Police Chief Wayne le Roux said several guns belonging to suspected gang members were recovered in the operation.

“At this stage, a firearm has been confiscated and handed over to the SAPS. They [officials] are busy investigating.”

Le Roux said a meeting was held to discuss new safety operations for the area, which will include visible patrolling.

Officials also confiscated firearms, including an AK47, during operations in Manenberg, Cape Town.

The Lavender Hill operation follows the death of a metro officer in Lavender Hill.

The 35-year-old was shot while issuing a traffic fine on Prince George Drive.

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder.