Cops have nabbed a suspected high-ranking member of a notorious gang, hiding explosive and ammunition believed to be used in ATM bombings.
Police swooped on a house in 12th Avenue in Retreat on Tuesday afternoon after they received information to secure an arrest.
When police entered the house, they found the 30-year-old man, believed to be a member of the Hard Livings gang, in possession of an explosive device and a blast cap used in ATM bombings.
Cops also recovered 46 R5 rounds of ammunition and three R5 magazines inside the house.
A police source say a blasting cap is a device used to detonate a bigger explosive like dynamite or a plastic bomb.
The suspect, who is from Manenberg, had apparently been living with relatives in Retreat for months.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut says the suspect is expected to make his first appearance today at the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on charges of possession of explosives and ammunition.
The man’s relatives says he had been hiding from his enemies when he was captured by cops.
The male relative, who cannot be identified, says: “He is a dik ding in the Hard Livings and he was hiding away here.
“We saw all the police vehicles and the police took a bag carrying something inside of it away from the house.”
“We didn’t know that was an explosive.”