Police confiscated shotguns, ammunition and a military-issue hand grenade.
The vrouens – aged 17, 25, 26, 28 and 32 – were nabbed on Sunday in Crevasse Street, Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain after police reacted to a tip-off from a resident.
Inside the house, cops seized an M26 hand grenade, one Breda Brescia 12-gauge shotgun with serial number still intact and loaded with live ammunition, two magazines both loaded with 15x9mm live ammunition, a large amount of various types of shotgun rounds, a large stash of R5 assault rifle live ammunition, one empty 9mm magazine, one .22 empty magazine and a large amount of 9mm live ammunition.
Police called in members of the Explosive Unit to defuse the hand grenade and disarm the shotguns, found in a bedroom and a Wendy house at the back of the property.
Cops also brought in teams with metal detectors and sniffer dogs to carry out a full-scale search of the property.
Police are yet to indicate whether the house is a “hideout or warehouse” for a notorious gang, whose name is known to the Daily Voice.
The women are expected to face charges relating to the Firearms and Ammunition Act and more arrests are imminent, says police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut.
“This arrest and seizure is a huge blow to criminals and their activities,” says Traut.
“The arrest comes a day after the initiative of a stakeholder engagement by Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula and his management.
“Mitchells Plain Crime Prevention Unit swiftly responded to a tip-off on firearms and proceeded to a house in Crevasse Street, Tafelsig.
“Police investigation continues and more arrests are expected.
“The suspects are due to make a court appearance in the Mitchells Plain Magistrates’ Court once charged under the Firearms and Ammunition Act.”
Station Commander Brigadier Cass Goolam also attended the scene and met with 19 neighbourhood watch members and the Community Policing Forum.