Two suspects have been arrested last night in the Duduza area of Ivory Park for possession of three unlicensed firearms, ammunition and drugs. Their arrest bring to four the number of firearms recovered in Duduza alone since Monday.

In one incident the Witbank-based Tactical Response Team, together with Ivory Park SAPS crime prevention officers paid a visit to one address in the area where one of the suspects alleged to have robbed Kameeldrift, Mpumalanga, police officers was.

“On arrival the officers found the 30-year-old with two firearms, including the state-issued firearm robbed from police officers. The latter had eight rounds of live ammunition. This suspect is alleged to be part of a three men group that robbed the police officers three firearms, which included a rifle which has, thanks to the efforts of the officers, been found in possession of another suspect in the Siyabuswa area, also in Mpumalanga,” said Captain Ben Matimulane, the spokesperson of the Ivory Park SAPS.

After the recovery of the two firearms and the arrest of the suspect, officers, acting on another snippet of information, recovered another firearm and three rounds of live ammunition and drugs in Duduza. A 23 year-old man was arrested as a result.

The Station Commander of the Ivory Park SAPS, Brigadier David Mbongeni Ngcobo, has welcomed these recoveries, and has thanked the members involved for the job well done.

“By acting and following up on the information given to them, both the TRT officers from Mpumalanga and the Ivory Park SAPS crime Prevention officers have done a good service to the community in general and the Duduza area specifically,” said Brigadier Ngcobo.

The Ekurhuleni Trio Task Team detectives are already doing proper background checks on the suspects ahead of their pending appearance in the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court to check as to whether they haven’t committed some other crimes elsewhere.

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