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MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF UNLICENSED FIREARM AND AMMUNITION: NELSPRUIT
2022/06/28      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mohlala   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit - 27 June 2022:-The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has once more members of the saps in Calcutta for the arrest a 26-year-old man on chargers of being in possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. The man was arrested in the evening of Thursday, 23 June 2022.

According to the information members of the police at Calcutta attended a complaint at Marite near Hazyview after being informed that two trucks were allegedly hijacked and reportedly used to blockade the R40 Road where people were protesting.

Upon arrival at the scene the members were diverting motorists to use alternative routes. Whilst doing that, a suspicious Toyota Yaris with seven occupants emerged. The vehicle was stopped by the members and upon searching the occupants, they discovered that one of the men was in possession of a pistol with magazine loaded with ammunition. The serial number of the firearm was filled off and the man who is an Ethiopian national reportedly failed to produce the licence thereof. He was then arrested and charged accordingly. The firearm will undergo ballistic testing to determine whether it was not used in the commission of crime elsewhere.

The suspect, identified as Sesaye Feleka has since appeared in the Mkhuhlu Magistrates' Court on Friday, 24 June 2022 facing the said charges. He was granted bail of R3000 and the case was postponed for further investigation.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela was elated with the pace in which members are working, specifically in the proliferation of firearms in the society.