LEPHALALE — The Limpopo SAPS Search and Rescue Unit recovered a stolen firearm from the Tambotie River in Lephalale on Wednesday 14 September.
According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS spokesperson, it is alleged that a 17-year-old man stole a firearm from a car in Marapong on 24 July this year. The firearm was hidden in a jacket in the car. W.O. Mokoena says the 17-year-old was also involved in a shooting incident where he used the firearm. No-one was injured in the shooting incident and the man fled the scene. W.O. Mokoena says the suspect then stripped the firearm and threw the weapon, a magazine and several rounds of ammunition into the Tambotie River.
SAPS divers were summoned to the scene on Wednesday 14 September where they spent most of the day searching for the firearm. The firearm was successfully retrieved later in the day.
Crime Intelligence followed up on information which led to the arrest of the suspect. He was charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and appeared before the Lephalale Magistrate Court.
The owner of the firearm who lives in Onverwacht did not report the firearm as stolen, but W.O. Mokoena says everyone has the necessary information about the police requirements.
At the time of going to press, the 17-year-old, accompanied by his mother, was under the supervision of the Provincial Office in Lephalale while they were doing an assessment on him.