Ten men were arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms, ammunition and stolen property after a raid by the Brits police near Brits on Wednesday, 28 October.
“The suspects were arrested by the Mooinooi police detectives and Brits Tactical Response Team (TRT) following a tip-off about suspicious armed men who were spotted at a house in the Matamong informal settlement in Mooinooi outside Brits,” said police spokesperson, Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone.
The accused, aged between 23 and 34, were found at their rented shack in the settlement and during a search of two shacks, police found three unlicensed 9 mm pistols, a rifle, 38 rounds of ammunition, and suspected stolen goods such as cellphones, takkies, computer equipment and various tools. Further investigation revealed that one of the firearms was reported stolen in Gauteng.
The investigation continues.
The ten men appeared in the Brits Magistrates’ Court on Friday for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, possession of suspected stolen property and possession of housebreaking implements. The accused were remanded in custody until Monday, 9 November 2020.
The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena congratulated the police members who participated in the operation for their rapid response and ensuring that the suspects were arrested. He also thanked members of the community for working together with the police in the fight against crime.