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2 arrested for illegal firearm possession in CT

Metro police were on patrol in the gang-stricken Cape Town community on Tuesday morning when they made the arrests.

FILE: Officers in Cape Town arrested two people after they were found in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition in Manenberg. Picture: @SAPoliceService/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Two men have been arrested for the possession of illegal firearms and ammunition in Manenberg.

Metro police were on patrol in the gang-stricken Cape Town community on Tuesday morning when they made the arrests.

The police's Zelda Martin says: "The officers chased them and found the suspects hiding. While searching the suspects, the officers found a 9mm pistol with 50 9mm rounds in their possession. The suspects were arrested and taken to Manenberg SAPS for detention.”

Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee recently called on the South African Police Services to do more to crack down on the circulation of illegal firearms.

The committee says stolen guns are often used in armed robberies and cash-in-transit heists.

At the same time, officials are investigating the theft of more than 30 firearms from two Cape Town police stations be apprehended.

The firearms were stolen from the Mitchells Plain and Bellville South police stations last month.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has called on the Hawks to prioritise the matter and investigate.

Mbalula is worried the stolen firearms will end up in the hands of gangsters who torment communities daily.

Additional reporting by Lauren Isaacs and Rahima Essop.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)