Man arrested for possession of firearm

Cape Town Central police at a roadblock in Long Street on Saturday February 23.

A taxi driver was caught with an unlicensed Norinco 9mm pistol with eight rounds of live ammunition on Saturday February 23, after two law enforcement officers stopped him for skipping a red robot in the Gardens area.

The firearm was originally licensed to the taxi driver but he had failed to renew it after expiry. The man was taken to Cape Town Central SAPS and arrested for transgressing the Firearms Control Act.

On Saturday February 23, police held a roadblock in Long Street, and visited a number of hot spots during operations, including ATMs, transport hubs and petrol stations around the CBD. They also conducted stop-and-search operations.

Cape Town police spokesperson, Captain Ezra October, said during the roadblock, three people were fined to the value of R2 900 for driving without a licence.

Over the weekend, from Friday February 22 to Sunday February 24, Cape Town Central police arrested seven people for possession of drugs, two people for drug dealing and two people for theft out of motor vehicle after a police officer identified both men from video footage. Two men were also arrested for robbery, one for possession of a dangerous weapon, and one for theft.