The vigilance of members attached to the Winelands Cluster resulted in the arrests of 15 suspects involved in taxi violence in Mbekweni yesterday, Wednesday, 25 March 2020.
SAPS members were called to Mbekweni railway station by members of the public after alleged shooting incidents occurred between taxi’s at the station.
A 49-year-old suspect from Mbekweni was arrested in possession of a 9mm Norinco, and a magazine with nine rounds. A second arrest occurred where a 62-year-old taxi driver of Khayelitsha was arrested and several 9mm and R5 rounds were found on the scene. A 26-year-old bystander (woman) was wounded and a 40-year-old taxi owner driver was found deceased in a shack as a direct result of the shooting.
The taxis fled the scene, but were intercepted at the corners of New and Lady Grey Streets (Paarl taxi rank) where 13 suspects aged between 24 and 48 of Khayelitsha were arrested for the possession of an undisclosed amount of ammunition and a 9mm firearm.
One of the arrested suspects, a 48-year-old man was found wounded in a taxi and subsequently taken to a nearby medical facility where he is under police guard.
Two police officers, while on their way to assist in the arrests, were involved in an accident and suffered minor injuries. Both were taken to a nearby medical facility for treatment.
Once charged the suspects are due to appear in the Paarl Magistrates’ Court on charges of murder, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.