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2022/08/22      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mohlala   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

NELSPRUIT: 19 August 2022 - Two suspects were rescued from the angry community members in Shatale, Bushbuckridge yesterday, Thursday 18 August 2022.

Police received information from a community member that two gun wielding suspects aged 26 and 28, allegedly showed off firearms whilst trying to hijack a delivery vehicle.

Their notorious action angered community members who mobilised who risked their lives and faced the hail of bullets from the suspects and vowed to apprehend them. The community members eventually apprehended the two.

On their arrival, the police found two firearms, as well as five live ammunition and a toy gun in the suspects' possession. They were arrested and are currently under police guard in hospital due to injuries sustained whilst cornered by community members.

Police investigation continues to establish the lawful owners of the firearms, in the meantime the two suspects will face charges of possession of unlicensed firearms with ammunition. The suspects might be further charged emanating from the investigation being conducted.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has welcome the arrest of the suspects and the recovery of the firearms. "We are on a mission to squeeze space for criminals in the province and we will ensure that Mpumalanga is a safe place for all" she added.