Police seize firearm and vehicle, arrest two


The Rapid Rail Police Unit (RRPU), that was deployed in Harrismith to intensify crime prevention in and around the area, successfully arrested two suspects in separate incidents this week.

In the first incident on 1 March at about 16:00 the RRPU was conducting a stop and search on the N3 highway. According to a police statement, two members went to a nearby filling station for refreshments when they saw a suspicious looking person. The police members searched the suspect and found in his possession a 9mm pistol with 17 live rounds of ammunition in the magazine.

“The suspect from White City in Ladysmith was arrested and is expected to appear in the Harrismith Magistrate’s Court soon for the possession of an unlicensed firearm,” reads the statement.

On 2 March at 14:30 the RRPU was executing crime prevention duties when a suspicious looking VW Polo Vivo 1.4 with a GP registration plate was spotted.

The members stopped and searched the driver and vehicle. The vehicle was matched to a similar vehicle that was reported stolen in Sandton, Gauteng.

“A 34-year-old suspect from Tshiame C near Harrismith was arrested and the vehicle was seized. The suspect will be charged and is expected to appear before the Harrismith Magistrate’s Court soon facing charges of possession of a suspected stolen vehicle. The matter will be referred to Sandton police for further handling.”

Compiled by Justine Fortuin