22 March 2021
Staff Reporter/ PretoriaLIVE
PRETORIA – Two suspects, aged 37 and 39 were arrested in the early hours of Sunday following an intelligence driven multi-disciplinary organised crime team operation.
The team included the National DPCI Tactical Operations Response Management team , Tracker Connect and Gauteng Traffic Police Saturation Unit which were tracing a suspect wanted on a Vryheid cash in transit case, Colonel Katlego Mogale said.
“Information led the operational team to a car wash in Johannesburg. Upon arrival at the car, wash the wanted suspect was spotted , contained and arrested,” Mogale said.
Mogale added that further intelligence was gained which led the team to Katlehong area where a second suspect was arrested with two unlicensed AK 47 rifles & ammunition at a petrol station along N3.
“Additional intelligence information was gained and followed up to an address in Vosloorus. Upon searching the residence an AK 47 rifle, an R5 rifle, ammunition, bullet proof vests and signal jamming device were recovered,” maintained Mogale.
Two vehicles belonging to each of the suspects were seized for further investigation. The suspects will appear in court on 24 March 2021.
The illegal use of unlicensed firearms is on the rise in Gauteng, with two students protestors having been caught by police recently with a high caliber firearm in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said a crime investigation report about a dangerous weapon was operationalised and led police to a gathering in Braamfontein where students were in attendance.
“It is at this gathering where police members observed two students in Stiemens Street carrying an automatic rifle. The officers kept close watch and saw the pair drive off in a vehicle.”
Police searched and found in the vehicle a Galil, an automatic rifle of Israel make, with a loaded magazine.