members from the Western Cape Flying Squad were on routine patrol on the N2 freeway when they spotted a vehicle of which the occupants appeared suspicious. At approximately 11:30 they pulled the black Toyota Run-X from the road opposite Bonteheuwel, where the vehicle was searched. Two firearms, a 9mm Buccaneer pistol and a 9mm Browning CZ 83, which were both fully loaded, were recovered from where it was hidden beneath the gear lever compartment. The five male occupants, aged from 21 to 39 years, were arrested for the illegal possession of unlicensed firearms. Ensuing investigations would determine if they could possibly be linked to the recent gang activity on the Cape Flats. They will appear in court soon.

Johannesburg - Limpopo police shot dead a suspected serial rapist in Mankweng, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said on Wednesday.

Frans Kwetepe Thosago, 25, wanted for a string of rape cases and attempted murder in the area, was shot dead on Tuesday.

“A special task team was set to crack those cases and on Tuesday these dedicated police officers were informed about Thosago's whereabouts,” Mulaudzi said.

“Following the information, the police found the suspect at an abandoned house at Ga-Makanye village in Mankweng. Seeing that he was surrounded by the police, Thosago fired shots at the law enforcers and a shoot-out ensued, leaving the suspect fatally wounded.”

He said Thosago was linked to over 10 cases of rape.

Mulaudzi said the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) had been informed of the shooting and they would investigate the matter further.

Sapa