Man arrested with unlicensed firearm in Sarah Baartman district

Man arrested with unlicensed firearm in Sarah Baartman district

SARAH BAARTMAN – Police arrested a man with an unlicensed firearm and ammunition following a community tipoff in Makhanda today.

On Friday morning, 23 July 2021 at about 06:00, police in possession of a search warrant pounced on a house in Hlalani Location, Makhanda.

At the scene, police found an unlicensed firearm, 7.65mm pistol with 6 live rounds of ammunition underneath a bed. A 23-year-old man was arrested and is due to appear in the Makhanda Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 26 July 2021 on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Acting Sarah Baartman District Commissioner, Brigadier John Lebok condemned members for their swift response. “Firearms are at the centre of many serious violent crimes. It is commendable, when the communities are blowing the whistle on people in possession of illegal firearms”, added Brig Lebok.

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