Bomb scare at Mitchells Plain court
The bomb scare comes ahead of the appearance of a suspected gang boss.
CAPE TOWN - There's been a bomb scare at the Mitchells Plain Magistrates Court, ahead of the appearance of a suspected gang kingpin.
The man was arrested during a raid related to firearm licensing fraud in Mitchells Plain earlier this week.
The entire court was evacuated and roads outside the building were cordoned off.
Earlier a scuffle broke out outside the courthouse where a group of men could be seen kicking another.
It's believed he was also stabbed.
It's unclear if the bomb scare is related to the appearance of the alleged gang kingpin who is accused of being behind an ongoing rivalry between the 28s and Mongrel gangs.
The highly specialised police raid and arrest come after police uncovered a racket dealing in the fraudulent issuing of firearm licenses.
Three police officers are among the people arrested, the three other arrests are civilians, though one man is believed to be a notorious senior member of the 28s gang.
The Pretoria Central firearm registry offices have also been raided, as part of the sting.
Documents and electronic equipment have been seized.
Pistols, rifles and ammunition have also been seized following the raid in Cape Town.