In a bid to lower the levels of trio crimes that are committed in the policing precinct of Hebron, police apprehend four suspects aged between 20 and 31 for unlawful possession firearm and ammunition on Saturday, 12 January 2019 at Itireleng section in Kgabalatsane village.
The suspects' apprehension came after community patrollers made a follow up while on patrol about a suspect that was caught by members of the community. On their arrival at the scene, they found a man who sustained injuries due to alleged severe beating by members of the community. The suspect was arrested and transported to the hospital under police guard. One firearm and ammunition that were found in possession of the suspect, were seized.
Further investigation led the police to a house in the area where three more suspects were apprehended. During their arrest, the police managed to confiscate ten pairs of sneakers, four cellular phones and luggage bags. The suspects are linked to cases of murder, business and house robberies that were committed in the area for the past three months. The four suspects are due to appear before Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates' court today, 14 January and Tuesday, 15 January 2019 for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition as well as possession of suspected stolen properties.
In another unrelated incident, a 29-year-old suspect is due to appear before the Brits Magistrates' Court today, 14 January 2019 for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. The suspect's court appearance is subsequent to an incident which took place on Friday, 11 January 2019 at about 17:00 at Ke-Ya-Rona Mall, Bapong. Allegedly, police in Mooinooi were on patrol when they spotted a suspicious looking man walking around the mall. The police followed the man in order to stop him for a search, but he ran away. A chase ensued and the suspect was eventually cornered and arrested at Leokeng section not far from the Mall after being found in possession of an unlicensed firearm loaded with ammunition. Investigation into the matter continues.
The Acting Provincial Commissioner of North West, Major General Ryno Naidoo, lauded members of the community for working together with the police in preventing and combatting crime.
Source: South African Police Service