Suspect arrested by Police for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition

Zwelitsha Police attended to a complaint at Zone 10 in Zwelitsha this morning at about 00h30. On arrival they arrested a 29-year-old male from Zone 7 in Zwelitsha for possession of unlicensed firearm and attempted murder.

It is alleged that three family brothers were asleep in one backyard shack when at about 00:00 this morning, two unknown males kicked and opened the door. Once the suspects were inside the house while in the darkness one suspect instructed his friend to shoot but unfortunately for him, he was grabbed and overpowered and during such commotion he fired one shot and it hit one of the victims on his left leg. He (victim) was taken to hospital but in a stable condition. The suspect was arrested and the other suspect managed to run away. A 9mm pistol was recovered on the scene without a magazine. The suspect was taken to hospital and under police surveillance after he was assaulted by the victims.

In a separate incident, KWT Cluster OCC, Dog unit and crime intelligence had an operation at about 01h00 at Border Post outside King Williams Town. They followed the information they received and went to a house at Border Post Location where they recovered an unlicensed firearm (Norinco) and six live ammunition. Two males aged 27 and 29 years were immediately arrested and charged for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. The serial number for the firearm is filed off. These three suspects will appear at Zwelitsha and King Williams Town Magistrate Courts on Monday, 30 July 2018.

The Cluster Commander for King Williams Town, Brigadier Luntu Ngubelanga commended the members for their dedication in fighting crime and that they ensure that perpetrators of crime are brought to justice. We will keep on taking firearms off the streets to ensure safety of our citizens, he said. He thanked the community for sharing valuable information which led to the arrest of the suspects. He also encouraged the community members to report the criminals and/or criminal activities to the police on Crime Stop 08600 10111, Crime Line 32211 or the nearest police station.

Source: South African Police Service

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