North West – Police apprehend suspect for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition

Members of Public Order Policing arrested a 30-year-old suspects for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in the early hours of Friday morning, 13 November 2020 in Kanana.

The suspect was arrested after the police followed a lead regarding a man, who was allegedly threatening to kill a person at the railway line. Furthermore the suspect fled from the police when he saw them approaching. Whilst chasing the suspect, he was seen throwing a firearm on top of a roof of a nearby house. Police apprehended the suspect, found ammunition inside his bag and recovered the discarded firearm.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Orkney Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 16 November 2020 for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Initial investigation indicated that the firearm is the property of a male from Welkom, who passed away in 2011.

The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena lauded police in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District for working tirelessly to ensure that suspects are apprehended and illegal firearms, that can be used to commit serious crimes, removed from the street.

He reminded that there is two months left for any illegal/unwanted firearms, firearm parts and/or ammunition to be surrendered to the police during the amnesty period that will end on 31 January 2021. Moreover a 24 hour Firearm Registry Enquiry Desk is available on 012 ‪353 6111 or email enquiries to cfrenquiry@saps.gov.za.