TWO suspects were arrested in Shakaskraal on Tuesday, 12 January, and were charged for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition as well as property believed to be stolen.
This is according to SAPS provincial spokesperson, Major Thulani Zwane who said Umhlali Detectives, Umhlali K9, Umhlali Vispol Task Team and Crime Intelligence from KwaDukuza were conducting an operation in the area, at about 9pm on Tuesday when the suspects were arrested.
“They [the police] were following up on information about the suspects who allegedly held up a home owner at KwaDukuza on New Year’s Eve,” said Zwane.
He said the police recovered two shotguns and ammunition, magazines, binoculars and knives suspected to be taken during the house robbery at Blythedale Beach in KwaDukuza.
“Two suspects were arrested and one managed to flee prior to the police’s arrival at his house. The suspects were charged for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition as well as possession of property suspected to be stolen. Both suspects, aged 18 and 22, will appear today in the Umhlali Magistrates Court. They will further appear in the KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court next week facing a house robbery charge,” he said.
Zwane said the robbery took place on 31 December 2015 at about 4pm. He said the victim was at his home in Blythedale Beach when he was approached by three suspects armed with firearms.
“He was assaulted and the suspects demanded the safe key where firearms, cash, jewellery and a watch were taken. A case of house robbery was opened at the KwaDukuza police station for further investigation,” said Zwane.
KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni praised the members for their hard work and for making sure that those involved in any form of criminal activity end up behind the bars.
“We also thank the community for their efforts in fighting crime by giving valuable information to the police.
“The recovered firearms will still be taken for ballistics tests to establish if they were used in any crime in the province.
“Our officers will not rest until the outstanding suspect is arrested as well,” she said.