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2023/08/28      |  Written By:  Captain A Botma   |   Province:  North West

POTCHEFSTROOM: 28 August 2023 - A multi-disciplinary team comprising of Mmakau police, Brits Trio Task Team and Crime Intelligence arrested three suspects, aged 36, 39 and 62, for three counts of possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, possession of state property and possession of suspected stolen property.

The suspects were arrested after information was received on Saturday, 26 August 2023, about a Toyota Corolla of which the occupants’ allegedly attempted to hijack a truck in Parys, Free State. It was further indicated that the suspects were heading to Rustenburg / Mooinooi direction. The vehicle was spotted driving towards Mooinooi on the N4 road and the team promptly responded. A car chase ultimately ensued, but the suspects' vehicle was stopped at Kgware road (M21) near De Wildt Crossing.

Upon conducting a search, the following items were found and confiscated: a Z88 pistol with one magazine and 11 ammunition, one RETAY MOD 92 pistol with 10 ammunition, blank ammunition, a police blue lamp, two pair of handcuffs, one wallet with SAPS badge, three black hoodies and cash.  The team also seized the suspects' vehicle for further investigation.

The suspects are expected to appear soon in the Brits Magistrates' Court.
The District Commissioner of Bojanala Platinum Sub-District 1, Major General Modisagaarekwe Mosimanegape, commended the team for their collaboration, which resulted in the arrests and recovery of the firearms and ammunition.