Taxi operator arrested unlicensed firearms
Rustenburg – On Wednesday 17 July, John Kgaogelo Motllhamme, a taxi operator, appeared before the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court on charges for the possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition as well as the negligent handling of a firearm.
The case was postponed to Monday 22 July for the formal bail application. He remains in custody.
The arrest came after police acted on a community tip-off, and an intelligence-driven operation was conducted on 15 July at 22:00, at a house in Sunrise Park, Boitekong.
According to police spokesperson captain Aafje Botma, upon arrival at the house, the suspect was found in possession of an unlicensed rifle, magazine and ammunition.
A second pistol with ammunition were found under the suspect’s pillow, but he produced a valid license for the pistol.
A white Iveco Sprinter, parked outside the house, was searched which led to the discovery of yet another unlicensed pistol and a magazine under the seat of the vehicle.
The North West provincial commissioner, lieutenant general Baile Motswenyane said that the police will continue with their commitment of reducing the levels of serious crimes to ensure a safer tomorrow.
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