A 34-year-old suspect is expected to appear in the Bafokeng Magistrates’ Court in Tlhabane on Thursday, 20 May 2021, in connection with charges of possession of unlicensed firearm, ammunition and explosive gel. The suspect’s court appearance emanates from his apprehension on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, after the vehicle that he was in was intercepted near Rietvellie graveyard in Phokeng outside Rustenburg.
Police received a tip-off from members of the community regarding a conspiracy to commit house breaking at a farm in the vicinity of Swartruggens. Consequently, the Tactical Team of Bojanala Platinum Sub-District 2 acted swiftly by following the leads and interrupted the vehicle; a Toyota Prado. Two of the three occupants managed to flee while the 34-year-old was arrested after the police found 9mm, live ammunition, magazine and explosive gel inside the vehicle.
The Acting Provincial Commissioner of North West, Major General Dintletse Molefe, congratulated the Sub-District Tactical Team for their hard work that led to the arrest of the suspect. The General emphasised that there will be no rest until the two remaining suspects are nabbed. She also thanked the members of the community who came up with the information that assisted police in preventing the robbery.