An intelligence driven operation by members of a task team from Crime Intelligence yielded positive results as a 24-year-old man was arrested on allegations of hijacking.
The suspect was nabbed in Masoyi, on 9 March 2023 around 11:55.
According to the report, the team members approached a certain tavern at Mahushu in Masoyi where information was obtained regarding the whereabouts of a suspect believed to be involved in truck hijacking around the area.
Whilst carrying out an operation, the suspect was cornered and the police searched his vehicle where they found a firearm with ammunition which he failed to produce the licence.
He was then arrested and the vehicle was also confiscated for further investigation. The firearm will undergo ballistic testing to determine whether it was not used in other crimes.
Preliminary investigation also revealed that the suspect was involved in other criminal activities hence a charge of robbery with a firearm was added.
He also face a charge of possession of unlicensed firearm with ammunition. Police cannot rule out the possibility of adding more charges against him as the investigation continues.
He will appear at the Kabokweni Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 13 March 2023 facing the said charges.
The Acting Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Major General Zeph Mkhwanazi has welcome the arrest of the suspect.