Monday, 19 July 2021
Fouriesburg: On Sunday; 18 July 2021, the Welkom Public Order Police Reaction Team went to Ficksburg following up information on unlicensed firearms.
When they were near Fouriesburg, they received information from Caledonspoort Port of Entry police about group of people terrorizing community in Butha-Buthe, Lesotho with firearms and were crossing over to Republic of South Africa illegally.
Reinforcement was requested and waited for the group alongside the border. At approximately 20:30, a white taxi arrived near the border to collect those aforementioned group. When the group approached the taxi, they were all tactically surrounded and arrested.
Only one suspect amongst the group of 14, was found in possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition, a 9mm pistol with serial numbers removed.
All 14 suspects arrested, are expected to appear before the Fouriesburg Magistrate court soon facing charge of illegal immigration and one of them additional charge of possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.