Police have arrested a 12-year-old boy at his school after he was allegedly caught with a firearm, which he apparently threatened fellow pupils.
The boy, who cannot be named as he is a minor, was arrested at a primary school in Eastridge, Mitchells Plain, on Friday.
Police say the gun has been linked to a robbery which took place in Polokwane in 2007.
Cops have yet to confirm whether the boy will be facing any charges, after consultation with social workers.
Police sources told the Daily Voice the boy was walking to school when he was allegedly approached by a member of the Hard Livings gang who “forced him to keep the 9mm firearm”.
The source reveals the boy’s father, aged 33, is a suspected member of the HLs and is currently jailed at Pollsmoor Prison.
The child took the gun to school where he allegedly threatened fellow Grade 6 pupils.
The principal was told of the incident and called the boy to his office.
Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk confirms the boy was later arrested on the school grounds: “At a primary school in Eastridge in Mitchells Plain, police confiscated a 9mm pistol from a 12-year-old pupil after it was reported that he was threatening other pupils.
“The pistol was traced to Polokwane where a robbery was reported during 2007.”
The arrest formed part of a massive blitz by the Mitchells Plain Cluster stations, which include Lentegeur, Strandfontein, Philippi, Grassy Park, Lansdowne and Steenberg.
Van Wyk says a total of 51 crime prevention operations were held over the past seven days during which cops also confiscated four other firearms.
Police visited shopping malls, interacted with businesses and handed out pamphlets.
Four people with warrants of arrest against them were nabbed, for crimes including armed robbery, housebreaking and theft, and contempt of court.
Roadblocks and vehicle checkpoints were also held and resulted in 20 fines being issued to the value of R22 500.
Cops also arrested a 26-year-old man at Calypso Square, Mitchells Plain and confiscated a knife, while searching the ceiling and a fridge for illegal substances.
At Town Centre Mall, cops scanned several people with a mobile device to check whether they were wanted for any criminal activities.
Police appealed to communities to use the “rewards system”, where SAPS gives cash for tip-offs on crime and criminals.