Man arrested with unlicensed firearm and police uniforms, Melmoth

South African Police Service

Man arrested with unlicensed firearm and police uniforms, Melmoth
Man arrested with unlicensed firearm and police uniforms, Melmoth. Photo: SAPS

On 9 June 2020, King Cetshwayo Task Team were conducting operations on the R66 highway to prevent criminal activities and arrest wanted suspects. The operation conceded positive results when police arrested a 24-year-old suspect. He is expected to appear today at the Melmoth Magistrates Court.

Police stopped a minibus taxi with passengers on the R66 highway. A search was conducted and one of the passengers had a bag on his lap. He was searched and a pistol with five rounds of ammunition was found holstered on his waist.

When police searched his bag, police uniform was found and he failed to provide explanation of how he got it. He was immediately arrested and was conveyed to Melmoth police station for detention. He was charged for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition as well as possession of police uniform.

An investigation to ascertain how the suspect got the uniform is continuing. The firearm had its serial number filed off and it will be subjected for ballistic testing to determine if it was used in the commission of crime.

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