Suspect arrested for unlawful possession of firearm with ammunition and for possession of dangerous weapon

NESLPRUIT - The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has welcomed the arrest of a 29-year-old man who was arrested on Monday, 14 March 2022 on charges of being in possession of dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a riffle with ammunition as well as for trespassing.

According to reported information, on the day in question around 22h00, two field rangers at Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve (in Skukuza) were camping around the area when they spotted two suspected poachers carrying firearms. They then (field rangers) approached the suspects, thereby instructing them to stop. However, one suspect fled meanwhile his fellow surrendered and was captured by the rangers. The male suspect was reportedly found with a hunting rifle, eight live rounds, a knife, a back pack with food stuff and a silencer in his possession. The police at Skukuza were alerted and upon their arrival, the man was arrested as well as charged accordingly.

The other suspect is still at large and police urge the public to assist with information that may lead to his arrest by contacting Detective Constable Eclass Masiya on 076 082 5074 or call the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111. Alternatively members of the public can share information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.

The suspect is expected to appear before the Bushbuckridge Magistrate’s Court today, 15 March 2022 facing the said charges.

Meanwhile the Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has applauded the field rangers who played a vital role in the apprehension of the suspect and recovery of the firearm with ammunition. "We are glad as case is being handled by the Stock Theft Unit, and these are experts in the field. Thus far, they succeeded in the convictions of many poachers" said the General.

Source: South African Police Service