Marikana cop's stolen gun found

2012-10-28 13:06

Johannesburg - A second firearm stolen from two police officers killed in the days leading up to the Marikana shooting was recovered on Saturday, North West police said.

"The discovery comes after police arrested a person on Friday in the early hours of the morning for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm," said Captain Dennis Adriao.

The man then took police to the Eastern Cape where he showed them where he had hidden a second firearm, a 9mm, taken from a slain police officer.

The man will appear in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court on Monday to face charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.

The firearm was one of two 9mm pistols stolen from two police officers killed on 13 August in Marikana, allegedly by Lonmin miners who had been striking.

A shotgun and R5 rifle were also stolen but had not yet been recovered.

"Our detectives have been working around the clock to bring all those involved, not only in the murder of the police officers but all the other murders, to book," Adriao said.

The killings of the police officers was just one incident of several that occurred during the Lonmin strike, culminating in the shooting of 34 striking mine workers on 16 August.

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-10-28 13:32

    Well done SAP!

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-10-28 13:55

      Our jails are already overflowing with scum, in 10 years time we'll probably have more human trash in jails than learners in schools... at this rate SAPS will never keep up as they also have to deal with criminal policemen, not to mention criminal superiors in SAPS.

      david.lebethe - 2012-10-28 14:18

      Our police are not known for proper investigation. The commendation might be bit premature, wait until the matter comes before the court.

  • mzuvukile.maswana - 2012-10-28 13:55

    I guess the culprit has to take a fall for the murder of the two officers if he had their guns in his posession. If he doesn't want to fry alone he could name the others. Once again congrats to the sterling work of the men in blue.

      david.lebethe - 2012-10-28 14:23

      You are partly right. The guy is indeed taking a fall for the murder he likely not have committed.

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-28 14:01

    Lock him n chargé him with the murder case until he mention who killed the policeman

  • david.lebethe - 2012-10-28 14:12

    Police conduct (including, pursuing mineworkers even when they are back at work) since the riots in Marikana has been questionable. So, I have become very circumspect about any achievements by police from those quaters. Wait until the suspect comes to court and understand where am comingt from. Just like our justice system our law enforcement agencies are week. All that they can do is to implicate the poor and defenceless masses to crimes they hardly committed.

      punungwe - 2012-10-28 16:35

      The miners are not being pursued for striking, which is legal. They are being pursued for murder, which is a crime. Irrespective of whether the perpetrator is employed or not, striking or not striking, they must be brought to book.

      bongani.mtsweni.35 - 2012-10-28 18:59

      David,there is nothing wrong about going on strike but those who do not want to strike they got a right not to strike as well,but between the two none of them got a right to murder so murderers must be brought to book wherever they are found. Its funny that people like you when they are victims of crime they expect police to perform miracles.

  • Katlego Iggy Mokgothu - 2012-10-28 17:10

    well done saps

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-28 21:38

    Apologies for making my comment a colour issue, but I find it very heartwarming that more and more positive comments are coming in from non-white readers when the SAPS have success and also being critical of law breaking miners. I say it is heartwarming because if anything is going to UNITE all the good people of this country, irrespective of their colour or economic situation, then it is the war on crime that will do it. Do you think the miners made a mistake on that fateful day ?. They did, a big one !. The sooner people adjust their attitudes and realise that making mistakes can get you killed, the sooner people will stop making mistakes. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE MISTAKES ! You will make mistakes...and you must bear the consequences, but this still does not give you permission to make them. Making mistakes is a weakness......fix it !

      hein.huyser - 2012-10-29 06:44

      indeed so Mantlekilo. The time has come when people need to voice up against what is wrong, irrespective of who the offender is. That way we will start do demand accountability from all people, leaders and laymen alike must give account for the wrongs in society. We have a universal handbook, called the constitution. That is a good place to start to educate one-self of "what" is acceptable behaviour or not. Most spats on this forum comes from instances where people ignore the guidelines in the constitution

  • hein.huyser - 2012-10-29 06:53

    I would like to see the faces of those lawyers doing the "whitch-hunt" against the Marikana cops. Did they really think for one moment that the saps just started shooting at will without reason (not that any reason is good enough to take another's life, except when you have to defend your own) Bizos so far made it sound that the cops were the criminals here. Would like to give him a 9mm and put him in a spot where hundreds of axe and panga wielding people storm him. Funny how one find justification if the shoe is on the other foot. The miners were wrong, they must admit it, the cops were wrong, they must admit it, and all those implicated in criminal acts over this mad period, instigators included needs to be locked up

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