Thursday, 02 December 2021

Phuthaditjhaba: The suspect who confronted a farmer and his son with a firearm, was disarmed by the farmer. He then fled but later, he was arrested by the police.

It is alleged that on the 29th November 2021, the complainant was at a farm in Phuthaditjhaba district with his father, when the suspect arrived with another unknown man driving a tractor.

They were requested by the father to leave, but the suspect engaged in a physical confrontation with both the father and his son. It is further alleged that he took out a firearm and fired a shot.

He was eventually overpowered and disarmed. He then fled leaving the firearm behind.

On the 30th November 2021, the incident was brought to the attention of Phuthaditjhaba Tactical Response Team who arrested the suspect. The firearm was seized, a pistol with serial number and was circulated. It was discovered that it was reported stolen from Gugulethu in the Western Cape Province.

The 25-year-old suspect was arrested and he has appeared before the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrates’ court on Wednesday; 01 December 2021, facing charge of possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

“I want to commend the farmer and the son for being brave and managed to disarm the suspect of this unlicensed firearm that could have claimed the lives of innocent people on the farm.” said the Free State Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane.