A police officer and a 30-year-old man in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town was arrested on Saturday afternoon for selling and possession of firearms, explosives, and ammunition, Western Cape police said.

Police attempts to root out gang-related and violent crime in the Western Cape led to the arrest.

The intelligence-driven operation, executed by the SAPS at the suspect’s home, resulted in the seizure of two firearms – a 9mm pistol and a 7.65mm pistol –  600 grams of PE4 explosive, six detonators, one safety fuse, a variety of ammunition of different calibres, a bulletproof vest, as well as firearm maintenance equipment, Lt-Col Andrè Traut said.

The suspects will appear in the Bishop Lavis Magistrate’s Court on Monday on various charges against them.

The circumstances surrounding the seizure and the suspect’s involvement in violent crimes perpetrated in gang affected areas were under investigation, Traut said.