Thursday, 19 March 2020
Wepener: Four suspects, Seatile Sebaka (27), Sello Moahla (22), Lenka Raphuting (31) and Thoriso Samoko (35) appeared in Court on Tuesday, 17 March 2020 following two different robbery cases committed at gunpoint in Wepener in November 2019.
The case was transferred to the Wepener Regional court allocation of new court date. The suspects remained in custody.
On the first incident, the suspects entered a grocery store and pointed the shopkeeper with a firearm. An undisclosed amount of money and groceries were stolen. The shopkeeper sustained injuries after he was hit with fists and other objects in the body.
As they were fleeing the scene, they met about four people standing outside their vehicle next to the road. The suspects then robbed them of their cellular phones and cash at gunpoint. They fled on foot and disappeared to the mountains.
They were arrested a few days after the incidents through the assistance of the community. Two firearms which were found in their possession, have since been sent for ballistic testing to determine if they were used in the commission of other crimes.
“The public is urged to surrender illegal or unwanted fire-arms to the Police without fear of being prosecuted as part of the Firearm amnesty operation which will be in effect until the 31 May 2020.” said acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Solly Lesia.
By surrendering unwanted or illegal weapon your family`s lives and that of other people can be saved. You may contact your nearest Police station to hand over the firearms or call Crime stop number 08600 10111.