A 22 year old man appeared before the White River Magistrates’ Court today on a charge of perjury, after being arrested for reporting a false case at the White River Police Station on Monday, 26 November 2018, wherein he claimed that six firearms were robbed from his residence.
In his statement, the man alleged that he was accosted by three men inside his house in the early hours of Monday morning, where one placed a knife on his neck, demanding that he show them the safe, from which they took the firearms and fled the scene.
Police then opened a case of house robbery and immediately launched a probe. The investigation however, revealed there was no house robbery that ever took place, instead the suspect had taken the firearms and concealed them. The team managed to recover eight firearms, four were found hidden in a nearby bush and the other four which he had allegedly thrown in a dam, were retrieved by the Diving Unit.
He was then arrested for making a false statement under oath. The motive for his actions are still unknown at the moment.
The suspect was remanded in custody pending bail application on 5 December 2018.
The Provincial Commissioner of the police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma warned the community to refrain from reporting false cases. That is not only an offence but also divert scarce police resources away from where they are needed most,” said General Zuma.
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