Accidental shooting leads to arrest of four for unlicensed firearms
MBOMBELA – Four suspects, aged 26 to 41, will appear in the Kabokweni Magistrate’s Court, tomorrow, July 11, on charges of possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. The men were arrested in Shabalala and Nyongane, Hazyview respectively, during a police operation that commenced yesterday evening and lasted into the early hours of this morning.
The suspects were arrested after police had received information about a man who had accidentally shot himself. Upon police’s arrival at the man’s house, the latter happened to arrive back from hospital. Police then conducted a search and the firearm - a revolver - was found hidden under a bed. The suspect and his brother were immediately arrested.
Further investigation led police to the residences of the third and fourth suspects, after receiving information that they too were allegedly in possession of unlicensed firearms. Upon arrival at the said residences, they confiscated another two firearms, a revolver and a hunting rifle hidden under a pillow and in a hole in the yard, respectively.
Police have since established that the suspects have allegedly been terrorising the Shabalala and Nyongane communities, and have committed crimes such as business and armed robberies, amongst others.
Editor: Anchen Coetzee
Subeditor: Lynette Brink
Submitted by: Brig Leonard Hlathi