Tebogo Msimanga |
Two suspects aged 35 and 40 are expected to make their first appearance in the Vereeniging Magistrates Court on Monday, 18 January 2021 on charges of possession of hijacked vehicles, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said this comes as a result of a multi-disciplinary takedown operation in response to a hijacking and kidnapping that happened on Monday, 11 January 2021 “where a driver was allegedly kept hostage and released a few hours later by the suspects.”
Peters added that the operation led the team to a house in Sharpeville where police found the Mercedes Benz GLC SUV and Mercedes Benz sedan.
“A search of the vehicles and the premises led to the discovery of a total of 10 firearms consisting of three AK-47 rifles, a dashprod rifle, five pistols, a silicone gun, plus seven magazines, over 180 ammunition of different firearms, explosives, signal jammer, and housebreaking implements.”
Peters said further investigations are underway to determine possible linkage of the suspects and the firearms to other violent crimes in the Province.
The Acting Provincial Commissioner of police in Gauteng, Major General Tommy Mthombeni commended the team for their work.