A 51-year-old man was stabbed to death in Observatory last week in an alleged road rage incident.
Warrant Officer Hilton Malila from Woodstock police said a 34-year-old taxi driver was arrested in Adderley Street, in the city centre, a few hours later.
He said the 51-year-old man and the taxi driver had got into an argument on the corner of Anzio and Main roads, Observatory, on Monday October 7.
Witnesses told police the driver had allegedly stabbed the man several times. The driver had been seen fleeing in the direction of Cape Town, Warrant Officer Malila said.
Emergency personnel found the man dead in his white Ford Bantam.
Police tracked the driver and his white Toyota Quantum taxi to the City Bowl where they found the suspected murder weapon and blood-stained clothing.
He was arrested and appeared in Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday October 14 on a charge of murder. He remained in custody and will appear again next Thursday, October 24, for a bail hearing.
On Thursday October 10, at around 6pm, Woodstock police arrested a 47-year-old man for drug possession in “Die Plasie”, in Wright Street.
Warrant Officer Malila said police had followed up on a tip-off about illegal drug trafficking at the informal settlement and searched the structures.
They had seized 50 mandrax tablets, 109 packets of tik and a substantial amount of cash, he said.
The man appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday October 14.
A shoot-out between police and a 30-year-old man in Chamberlain Street, Woodstock, at around 5pm, last week led to his arrest for illegal gun possession on Friday October 11.
Warrant Officer Malila said police had seen two men walking in the direction of Avenue Road. When police asked to search them, one man fled.
A police officer gave chase, and the man drew a gun and fired at the officer. The policeman returned fire and shot the man in both legs.
The 30-year-old man was admitted to hospital under police guard and is in a stable condition.
Warrant Officer Malila said the same man had been arrested a month ago in Argyle Street on the same charge.
His companion, a 22-year-old man, was searched and also arrested on the same charge.
Both men appeared in Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday for possession of an unlicensed firearm.