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Three arrested over illegal firearms and hijacked vehicle

Jul 23, 2018
Three arrested over illegal firearms and hijacked vehicle

Three persons are expected in court after they were arrested during a special operation conducted by the Motherwell Cluster Operational Command Centre (OCC) in the Kwazakele and New Brighton area.

"In the first incident, OCC members spotted three suspicious persons walking in Salamtu street, New Brighton, on Saturday at 00:40.

"Upon searching them, one 28-year-old suspect was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm," said police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"The 9mm Norinco pistol was confiscated and the suspect charged with illegal possession of an unlicensed firearm."

He said that a few hours later, at around 04:00, the OCC members were patrolling the M17 when they spotted a hijacked grey Toyota Corolla, which was hijacked earlier in Mtikrakra Street, Wells Estate.

"After attempting to stop the vehicle, a car chase ensued and the vehicle stopped on the M19. The 34-year-old driver was arrested and charged with the possession of a stolen vehicle," Capt Beetge said.

"Further investigation will be conducted to link the driver with the hijacking."

He said that later the same day, at 23:20, the OCC members spotted a suspicious male exiting a tavern in Kwaza Street, New Brighton.

"Upon searching him, the 28-year-old suspect was found in possession of a stolen firearm. The 38 special revolver was stolen from a security guard in May 2017," he added.

"The firearm was confiscated and the suspect charged with the illegal possession of a stolen firearm."

Capt Beetge said that during the operation, various dangerous weapons were confiscated from persons searched walking in the streets of Kwazakele and New Brighton, which included eight knives and two toy guns.

The Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie expressed that “firearms play a large role in the committing of serious offences such as robberies and hijackings and remains the focus area of the SAPS. The successes of this weekend in getting unlicensed fire arms and dangerous weapons off the streets is applauded and is focussed at ensuring a safer environment for our communities.”

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