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Limpopo Highway Patrol Team continue to hit hard on the mushrooming of firearms across the province

The relentless efforts by the SAPS Limpopo Highway Patrol Team (LHP) in the fight against crime including the mushrooming of firearms across the province, continue to yield positive and meaningful results, following the arrest of six (06) suspects aged between 27 and 42 and the recovery of eight (08) firearms, ammunition, dagga, and knives on separate locations in the Mankweng and Mecklenburg policing areas. These suspects were arrested for various offenses including possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition during the ongoing clean-up operations which were conducted by the Team from Tuesday until Wednesday morning, 14 April 2021.

The Team received information about a suspect who was driving around the area allegedly in possession of firearms in Mankweng Zone 1 shopping complex under the Capricorn District and reacted swiftly. Upon arrival, they spotted the vehicle matching the description and it was stopped and searched. Nothing was found but they took the driver to Ga-Mothiba village where the firearm was subsequently found with 15 sachets of dagga and three (03) butcher knives.

Furthermore, the suspect revealed that the firearm does not belong to him, but to his sister who borrows him at a fee starting from R500-00 or more depending on the crime to be committed. His sister aged 42 admitted about the firearm and the duo was immediately apprehended for possession of dagga, possession of dangerous weapons, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Meanwhile, in the Sekhukhune District, these members of LHP were busy conducting an operation along the R37 main road in the Mecklenburg policing area when they spotted a suspicious black Ford Ranger bakkie traveling at a very high speed. Police tried to stop the vehicle but it did not stop and a car chase ensued until it was cornered at Tjibeng village, pulled off the road, and searched. In the process, police found two (02) shotguns, a bag containing five (05) pistols, two (02) boxes full of 9mm ammunition in each, two (02) boxes full of different assortment of ammunition, and ten (10) firearm licenses. The Ford Ranger was also seized.

Two (02) men who were in the car were asked to provide legal documentation of the firearms and ammunition but they failed to produce them and they were arrested on the spot for being in possession of firearms and ammunition without licenses, permit, or authorization.

The suspects are expected to appear before the Mecklenburg and Mankweng magistrate's courts soon.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has complemented these committed and hardworking police members attached to the LHP who leave no stone unturned in ensuring that criminals are swept away by all means.

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