Two AWB members arrested for unlicensed weapons
Two AWB members – one of the them the organisation’s leader in the Vaal Triangle area - have been arrested after being found in possession of an assortment of firearms and ammunition‚ the Hawks have disclosed. Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said that a joint operation on Wednesday involving the Vaalrand Organised Crime‚ the K9 and the Flying Squad led the officers to a house in Vanderbijlpark where the 48-year-old AWB leader was found with two rifles‚ two shotguns‚ two pistols and 2‚136 rounds of different calibre ammunition.The suspect claimed that he had bought the firearms from a certain house in Vereeniging.“On Thursday the same team proceeded to the said address and found 306 live rounds of a .22 rifle.“Investigations continued to a plot in Laparadiso Estate in Vanderbijlpark where a 42-year-old man‚ a member of the AWB was arrested for being in possession of nine rifles and three pistols‚” Mulaudzi said.He said the two men will appear in the Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court on Monday for possession of unlicensed firearms.In a separate incident‚ Mulaudzi added‚ members from the Hawks firearms unit‚ in conjunction with Ekurhuleni Metro police and National Intelligence members followed up on information about a house in Dawn Park in which there were firearms.“Upon arrival the officers found three firearms and 22 live rounds of ammunition‚ wrapped in a plastic and hidden inside a stove. They also found a maroon Audi A1 which was reported stolen in Pinetown.“A search at another house in Phumula near Leondale‚ Alberton‚ resulted in the discovery of a .38 revolver with 29 live ammunition and a handgun with 6 live rounds. Officers were in company of two suspects who are behind bars for car hijacking‚” Mulaudzi said.