TWO Lesotho nationals are set to appear at the Welkom Magistrate Court to face charges of illegal firearms possession as well as the possession of marijuana.
According to a recent statement issued by the Welkom Corporate Communication office of the South African Police Service (SAPS), the duo was nabbed by SAPS officers who were on routine patrol in Welkom.
“The two African males were searched and dagga that weighed 913 grammes and a revolver were found in their possession,” SAPS aid in the statement.
“They could not provide the police with documentation for the revolver and they were arrested.”
Early last month, SAPS in the Free State Province arrested six Basotho men who were found in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.
Three of the suspects were arrested in Excelsior and the other three in Welkom.
It is reported that Shadrack Khutlisi (26), Kotsoane Mongoaketsi (28), and Remaketse Mohlomi (29) appeared in the Excelsior Magistrates’ Court to face charges of the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition which they planned to use to rob a shop in Excelsior.
Speaking on the latest arrests, the Cluster Commander of Welkom, Major General Lerato Molale, said they would continue to “squeeze the space for criminals” especially those with illegal firearms.
“This seizure of the firearm is a breakthrough because the firearm might have been used to commit serious crimes like murder and robberies. My appreciation goes to members of Welkom K9 Unit for ensuring that the suspects were brought to book and face the might of the law,” Maj-Gen Molale said.