High-Speed Chase Leads to Discovery of Weapons Cache
Yesterday evening, thanks to the vigilance of Western Cape traffic officials and the Knysna South African Police Service (SAPS), a group of youths were arrested and a stolen cache of weapons confiscated.
The group are suspected of brutally killing an Eastern Cape, Jansenville resident and seriously wounding his wife, who is in a critical condition in hospital.
I applaud our men in blue - the Western Cape Traffic Services and the SAPS - for their vigilance and bravely securing our roads.
What follows is the account as told to me by Provincial Traffic Chief, Kenny Africa: Yesterday evening the Western Cape traffic officials in Knysna, after spotting an Isuzu Frontier without a rear licence plate, signalled the vehicle to pull over. The driver of the vehicle refused to pull over and attempted to flee the traffic officers. After being pursued by the traffic officials, the suspects opened fire on the officers. The driver of the vehicle lost control shortly after the high-speed chase and crashed into a ditch. During the chase, the SAPS had been alerted and were on the scene when the crash happened. Five youths (four male and one female) were arrested, with one youth allegedly evading arrest by fleeing the scene. Upon further investigation, a weapons cache and ammunition was discovered and confiscated by SAPS. It was later discovered that this group are suspected in the murder of an Eastern Cape man over the weekend.
Thanks to the bravery and swift action of the Western Cape traffic officers, as well as the SAPS officers who responded so quickly to this incident, the Western Cape's roads are safer.
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