A major breakthrough was made by the SAPS that resulted in the arrest of six (6) suspects aged between 25-35 on the R61 road next to Baziya,( on the way from Mthatha to Engcobo) yesterday,25 May 2015 at about 15:40.
Police received valuable information from the public about a plan to commit a robbery. Our members followed up on this information using our intelligence networks.
Police followed six suspects whilst they were driving in a VW Polo vehicle on the road from Mthatha to Engcobo and pulled them over next to Baziya administrative area, Mthatha. Police searched the suspects and found them in possession of unlicenced firearms and ammunition.
The Polo vehicle and three firearms, 9mm parabellum (13 rounds of ammunition), 9 mm Norinco (6 rounds) and a 7.654 with six rounds were confiscated by the police. All the firearms were immediately taken for ballistic testing to ascertain whether they have been used previously in the commission of a crime.
The suspects were also linked to a robbery of a business in Mthatha last Friday, 22 May 2015. The six suspects from Mandela township in Mthatha will appear on the 27th of May 2015 in the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court facing charges of possession of illegal firearm and ammunition.
The Mthatha Cluster Commander, Major General Johannes Fourie commended the members and said: “The arrest of the suspects and the recovery of illegal firearms before a crime could be committed, is an excellent indication of our efforts to fight crime effectively. Well done to those members of the community who provided us with information and to the SAPS members for executing their duties well.”
Source : South African Police Service