On 15 March 2014 at about 10:00 Tongaat police were doing their normal patrol duties when they spotted a suspicious looking motor vehicle in Watson Street, Tongaat. Police proceeded to the vehicle where two occupants alighted from the vehicle and fled on foot. Police ran after them and they were caught. Police arrested two men aged 35 and 37 and seized two firearms. Suspects were in possession of a revolver and an AK 47 with serial numbers filed-off. The motor vehicle was checked and it came out as hijacked from Umlazi Township this month.
The seized firearms will be sent to ballistics to ascertain whether they were used in any other crime in the country. Suspects were charged for possession of suspected stolen property, possession of unlicensed firearms and car hijacking. They will appear in Verulam Magistrates’ Court soon.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the members on the arrests, seizure of firearms and recovery of the hijacked vehicle. “The seizure of these firearms will decrease the proliferation of illegal firearms and the recovery of the vehicle will assist in linking the suspects in other hijacking cases in the province,” she said.