Friday, 13 December 2019
Welkom: The Cluster Commander of Welkom, Major General Lerato Molale, commended members of the SAPS Free State Diving Unit for recovering a firearm at the river while they were busy with their Festive Season Dive Sweep operation.
The Police request members of the public to surrender illegal or unwanted firearms, firearm parts or and ammunition without fear of being prosecuted for the unlawful possession for the period 01 December 2019 to 31 May 2020.
On the 12 December 2019, members of the Diving Unit under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Conrad Fouche, were busy conducting water policing. They were searching for illegal items thrown in the rivers when they came across a firearm and 11 X R1 live ammunition rounds at Sand River; in Virginia, at the bottom of the river.
Criminals drop unwanted items such as firearms in the rivers after being used for criminal acts. A thorough investigation will be conducted after the discovery of this items.