Seven arrested, police recover firearms and ammunition

DENNILTON – South African Police Service (Saps) in Dennilton outside Groblersdal arrested seven suspects and recovered a variety of items including unlicensed firearms and ammunition and a stolen vehicle last Thursday.

Police said they received a tip-off from members of the community about unknown suspects loading off firearms from a vehicle at a house around Five Morgan Plots in the area at about 10:00 that morning.

Constable Maphure Manamela, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said an intelligence driven joint operation was immediately activated and on arrival at the house, five suspects ran out in different directions on foot but police gave chase managed to apprehend them.

Manamela said police continued with their investigations back at the house and two more suspects were found hiding there.

Two rifles, two rifle magazines, 56 live rounds, a military belt, 13 cellphones, five pairs of gloves, a work-suit, a white Polo and a white Nissan NP200 bakkie were recovered during the arrests.

According to police preliminary investigations revealed that the NP 200 bakkie was reported stolen at Saps Sinoville in Pretoria, Gauteng province earlier this month.

Police added that further investigations would be conducted to determine the origin of the other recovered items and possible linkage of the suspects to other offences.

The Provincial Commissioner of Saps in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, applauded the swift reaction of Saps members in Dennilton and indicated that police would not rest until all dangerous criminals were removed from the society.

The suspects, Jeromi Komane (36), Herbeth Mantsie (36), Topie Mashaba (31), Jeffrey Mogotlane (39), Service Talane (34), Nicholas Mabaso (36) and Donny Mokete (25) appeared before the Moutse Magistrates Court on Monday, 12 August 2019 on charges of possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition and possession of presumed stolen properties.

They were all denied bail and their cases were postponed to 22 August 2019 for formal bail application and further police investigations.

Thapelo Motseo

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