8 held for illegal firearm possession

2013-07-22 11:33

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Johannesburg - Eight men have been arrested for illegal possession of a firearm in Springs, Ekurhuleni metro police said on Monday.

"Metro police found an unlicensed pump-action shotgun with its butt sawn-off in their Isuzu double cab vehicle," said spokesperson Chief Superintendant Wilfred Kgasago.

He said the men were Mosotho and were thought to be illegal miners. They were arrested on Welgedacht road in Springs at 06:00 on Monday.

"Although the suspects were charged only with possession of an unlicensed firearm, extensive investigations will be conducted to see if the group cannot be linked to the dangerous illegal mining activities in Springs," said Kgasago.

The men, aged between 20 and 30, are expected to appear soon in the Springs Magistrate's Court.

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