Cops were patrolling the area when they noticed the teen, who looked “suspicious”.
Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut, says the teen was searched and found in possession of a 9mm Vector pistol, 12 rounds of ammunition and a magazine on Monday evening.
He is expected to appear at the Wynberg Magistrate's Court this week on charges of the possession of an unlicensed firearm and the possession of ammunition.
He says: “In our endeavours to strengthen the relationship between the community and police members attached to the Grassy Park Crime Prevention Unit, while busy with crime prevention patrol, they stopped and searched a male on the corners of Kudu [Avenue] and Strandfontein Road.
“While searching the 16-year-old male, members found a 9mm Vector with 12 rounds and one magazine.
“The suspect was arrested on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and charges of possession of ammunition.
“He will make his first appearance once charged in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court.”
Meanwhile, Philip Bam, the spokesperson for the Grassy Park Community Policing Forum, says this is a victory against crime.
“We welcome this as an indication to gangsters and those cowards who use our children to do their dirty work that together the community and police will take back our streets,” Bam says.
“Far too many children and youth have died or were injured in senseless shootings.”