Police arrest carjacking suspect and recover unlicensed firearm

Newlands East police recovered an unlicensed 9mm pistol suspected to have been used in the commission of a hijacking in Ntuzuma.

The officers were conducting crime prevention duties in their area when they intercepted a VW Polo vehicle which was hijacked at Ntuzuma on Thursday. The vehicle with three occupants sped off when police approached them. Police then gave chase as the vehicle proceeded towards Richmond Farm.

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The suspects opened fire at police and police returned fire to defend themselves. During the shoot-out, one suspect was fatally wounded whilst a second suspect was injured and taken to hospital where he remains under police guard. A third suspect managed to flee the scene.

In the second incident, police from Inanda SAPS arrested two suspects who were found in possession of two unlicensed firearms.

The police officers were conducting crime prevention duties in their area when they spotted a vehicle with five occupants which aroused their suspicions. Police attempted to stop the said vehicle to conduct an investigation, however, the driver sped off.

Police gave chase and managed to bring the vehicle to a standstill. Four suspects were arrested while one managed to flee the scene. The vehicle was searched and two unlicensed 9mm pistols were seized. All four suspects were charged for being in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. They appeared in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court.

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The KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner, Maj Gen Bheki Langa commended police officers for the arrests and seizure of unlicensed firearms. “We are very pleased that these thugs have been arrested. We are certain that these men would have committed further crimes had they not been arrested by alert police officials. We are also requesting our communities to remain vigilant and not to hesitate to call on police should they witness suspicious activities in their neighbourhoods,” he said.

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Zola Phoswa
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