Two men arrested after paying lobola

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Tebogo Msimanga |

Two suspects, Zazele Zwane (53) and Mbongiseni Mdluli (52) appeared in the Weenen Magistrates Court on Monday for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. They were arrested on Sunday, 10 October 2021 at 15:00 when the police officers from the Pietermaritzburg Public Order Police embarked on an operation at Manqomfini area in Weenen

Colonel Thembeka Mbele of KwaZulu-Natal said the team was following up on information about two men from Ezakheni who went to Manqomfini area to pay lobola and who were carrying firearms.

“As the men were returning to their homesteads police pounced on them. The suspect’s vehicle was stopped and they were found in possession of two pistols with 23 rounds of ammunition.”

Mbele said the team also recovered an AK47 with 11 rounds of ammunition. “The firearm was found abandoned in the Weenen area. The recovered firearms will be subjected to ballistic testing”

The suspects are remanded in custody until 22 October 2021 for a formal bail application.

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