Grahamstown Highway Patrol arrest suspects with firearms

South African Police Service

Grahamstown Highway Patrol arrest suspects with firearms
Grahamstown Highway Patrol arrest suspects with firearms. Photo: SAPS

SAPS members assigned to highway patrol duties display unwavering dedication in their mission to keeping our highways safe and free from criminal activities such as the transportation of anything that is illegal.

On Monday, 17 July 2023, members from SAPS Grahamstown Highway patrol were driving on the N2 towards Peddie when they stopped a suspicious vehicle.

The vehicle was searched and a black vector pistol was found hidden behind the CD player compartment. Further searching resulted in the recovery of a second firearm which was hidden in the airbag console.

The serial numbers have been filed off.

Two suspects, both aged 33 years old, were arrested for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

They are expected to appear in the Makhanda magistrate court on 19 July 2023.

Sarah Baartman District Commissioner, Maj Gen Zolani Xawuka appreciated the crucial role of the highway patrollers in ensuring that criminals are stopped in their tracks before travelling from one place to another. ‘Criminals must feel our presence everywhere, even where and when they least expect us to be. We will continue to enhance our highway patrol operations with emphasis given to the possession of suspected stolen property, illegal firearms and the transportation of illegal goods being smuggled out from one area/Province to another,’ added Maj Gen Xawuka.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service