Cops arrested nine men that are suspected to be behind the taxi violence in Lyttleton.
Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo they received information about a Nissan minibus with armed men inside, at Centurion next to a taxi rank.
“The police proceeded to the area and spotted the vehicle. As they were stopping the minibus, the one suspect jumped off and ran away. Police gave chase and apprehended the suspect,” Masondo said.
As they were searching the vehicle and suspects, police found two more firearms.
According to Masondo, the suspects will be charged with possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition as well as possession of a dangerous weapon.
He said investigations are underway to establish if these men are linked to other crimes, including taxi violence.
Furthermore, police continued with Operation O Kae Molao and netted more than 120 suspects in Yeoville, Brooklyn, Pretoria Moot, Akasia and Bronkhorstspruit in Tshwane.
The suspects were arrested for crimes ranging from murder, fraud, possession of the hijacked vehicle, possession of drugs, dealing in drugs, robbery, illegal immigration, drinking in public, possession of stolen property, drink and driving.
Liquor outlets were also raided where police arrested more than 15 people for operating illegally and seized large volumes of liquor.
“Counterfeit goods to the estimated value of R700 000 were confiscated,” Masondo said.
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