The Police in Limpopo are striving to remove illegal firearms from the streets by all means. A total of five suspects were arrested and five firearms as well as live ammunition were recovered in separate incidents in the Sekhukhune District.
During the arrest that was effected in Roossenekal policing area on Saturday, 8 April 2023, a 50-year-old man was charged with assault, pointing of a firearm, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
This after the suspect allegedly threatened a group of local people with a firearm who were reportedly involved in a land dispute. The suspect was apparently called by his friend to assist, upon arrival at the said place he produced a firearm and threatened the crowd and in the process assaulted one of the people with it. The suspect and his friend then left the scene.
The suspect was later arrested at his residence and police recovered one illegal firearm with 80 live rounds as well as 15 shot gun ammunition.
Another suspect, aged 27, was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in Burgersfort town by crime prevention members who were performing patrol duties.
Two additional suspects aged 32 and 35 were also apprehended in Mecklenburg for pointing of a firearm and possession of an unlicensed firearm which was recovered from a pit toilet.
Furthermore, members of the Marble Hall Crime Intelligence Unit together with Nebo Crime Prevention members also managed to effect an arrest of a 32-year-old man in Nebo policing area following a positive tip-off. An unlicensed firearm with ammunition was seized.
“I would like to thank the police members for their commitment and dedication in ensuring illegal firearms are removed from the wrong hands which were possibly going to cause harm to innocent lives during the Easter celebrations.” said the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe
All these suspects have appeared before the respective Magistrate’s courts in Sekhukhune District on Tuesday, 11 April 2023 facing charges of assault common, pointing of a firearm, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
Police investigations are continuing
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