Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Harrismith: The police arrested a 31-year-old man from Intabazwe near Harrismith on Friday; 09 April 2021. He was arrested after following intelligence led information that he was carrying a firearm inside a certain tavern.

A police official who was off duty, requested backup from his colleagues and went to the tavern where the suspect ran into the toilet trying to hide the firearm but the police caught up with him. The 9mm Norinco pistol with five live ammunition was confiscated. The suspect appeared before the Harrismith Magistrates’ court for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Second incident: On Sunday; 11 April 2021, Hlopheho Mokoena (27) of Tshiame D, had an argument with another man (43) over dogs. The argument did not end well as the man pulled out a firearm and allegedly shot Mokoena in the body and was rushed to local hospital. The suspect was traced and arrested on 12 April 2021.

He is appeared before the Harrismith Magistrates’ court today; 13 April 2021, facing charge of attempted murder.