A City of Cape Town manager has been nabbed for allegedly being in possession of unlicenced firearms and drugs.
Kashief January, 36, the plant manager of the City’s Water and Sanitation area office in Ndabeni, was one of three men who appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday on charges of the illegal possession of unlicensed firearms, unlicensed ammunition and 196 Mandrax tablets.
The other two suspects are Fahiem Fisher, 32, and Jason Paulse, 22.
Police say the suspects were arrested on Saturday at January’s house in Grassy Park after a covert operation.
The Athlone Crime Intelligence Division also confiscated a machine used to seal the packets tik is sold in, as well as a 9mm firearm with 8-12 rounds of ammunition.
A neighbour tells the Daily Voice: “Sundew Street in Grassy Park is quiet and not a soul came out to see what was going on as the police descended on the property.
“We are not used to this type of thing in our area and I was shocked to learn that this City official was busy with such things.”
It’s alleged January has been manufacturing and selling drugs out of his Grassy Park residence and previously from his house in Bokmakierie.
It is also suspected that he sold drugs at his workplace in Ndabeni.
According to sources close to the investigation, one of the weapons recovered was linked to the murder of alleged Hard Livings gang boss Gatiem Classien, who lived in Eighth Avenue, Bokmakierie, and was shot in the head on 19 September.
The source says Fisher and Paulse were the main suspects in Classien’s murder but could previously not be charged due to a lack of evidence.
Police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana confirms their arrests.
“Two of them were identified as suspects involved in a murder in Bokmakierie, Athlone. The other charges were possession of Mandrax tablets and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. They appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court yesterday.”
Meanwhile, the City has confirmed that January is employed by them.
Councillor Anda Ntsodo, Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, tells Daily Voice: “We can confirm that the man was employed by the City of Cape Town since December 1997, as a small plant operator in the Vegetation Control Unit.
“Please contact the SAPS for further particulars pertaining to the alleged crimes.”