Four suspects aged 18 and 35 have been arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in Giyani on Saturday, 6 February 2021.
The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation received a tip off about two suspicious vehicles in Giyani CBD and it was followed up.
The Hawks assisted by Mopani District Crime Prevention members, Giyani Local Criminal Record Centre, Highway Patrol members and Giyani Crime Prevention members started to search for the vehicles and they were spotted in the area.
Upon searching the vehicles, one (1) firearm (9mm Norinco) with its serial number filed off and ammunition were found and seized. During the preliminary investigation, it was established that the four suspects are undocumented foreign nationals.
The suspects will appear in the Giyani Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 8 February 2021 for contravening Firearms Control Act and Immigration Act.
The firearm will be taken for ballistic test to ascertain its originality.