Pienaar: High caliber weapons and explosives, 3 in court

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Pienaar: High caliber weapons and explosives, 3 in court
Pienaar: High caliber weapons and explosives, 3 in court

Three men and a woman aged between 25 and 41 are expected to appear at the Kabokweni Magistrate’s Court for unlawful possession of firearms, ammunition, perjury as well as possession of explosives.

Their appearance spiralled from an incident that took place on 15 October 2019, where a 41 year old man alleged that he delivered iron bars at Kanyamazane, driving a Toyota Fuso truck. He further alleged that at about 14:00, as he was driving back from Kanyamazane, a white Volkswagen Golf with two occupants intercepted the truck, one of the occupants pointed a firearm instructing him to get out of the truck and he complied. He alleged that the suspects drove off with the truck.

On the following day at about 16:00, a Crime Intelligence Driven Operation was carried out at Pienaar, leading to the arrest of three suspects including the truck driver, as they were found in possession of the “hijacked truck” busy changing the colour of the truck.

One of the suspects asked one of the police’s cellphone with a view to contact his parents to inform them about his arrest. It surfaced that instead of talking about his arrest, police overheard him asking someone to remove firearms as well as unlawful items and hide them.

Police rushed to the identified house in the area and searched it. They found three AK47s and an R1 assault rifles, over 130 rounds of ammunition as well as explosives. A woman who was found in the house was also arrested for the possession of the mentioned items.

The truck driver was also charged with perjury.

The Provincial Commissioner of Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma has applauded the members of the police for working tirelessly in making sure that they bring the perpetrators to book, as soon as a crime has been just committed.

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