Two suspects to appear in court for possession of unlicensed firearm

NELSPRUIT – The Provincial Commissioner of SAPS in Mpumalanga Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has appreciated the working togetherness of the Police and other security agencies in the fight against crime. She expressed her sentiments after a successful collaboration between the Flying Squad and the Hawks, the K9 and the Private chopper.

Her remarks come after two suspects aged 25 and 41 are expected to appear at the Barberton Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, 27 January 2022, for possession of unlicensed firearm. The suspects were arrested yesterday 25 January 2022 on the R38 Badplaas/ Barberton road, by police members from Nelspruit Flying Squad as well as Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (DPCI).

According to the report members from DPCI received information that about four suspects were making their way to KZN and are in possession of an unlicensed firearm. They then activated Nelspruit Flying Squad who swiftly pursued and spotted them driving on R38 Badplaas/Barberton road. They then signalled for them to stop and they refused forcing police to fire shots at them.

They eventually stopped and two of the suspects jumped out and fled. Police managed to arrest the other two and also found a hunting rifle inside the vehicle. One of the suspects is currently in hospital under police guard as he broke his leg.

Police request anyone with information that can lead to the whereabouts of the remaining suspects to call the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111. Alternatively, members of the public can send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.

Source: South African Police Service