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Police rescue suspects from angry Bushbuckridge community

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Mpumalanga has managed to save two would-be hijackers from outraged community members who were attacking them in Shatale, Bushbuckridge.

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BUSHBUCKRIDGE RESIDENTS CORNER SUSPECTS

According to SAPS Mpumalanga spokesperson Selvy Mohlala, they received information information from a community member that the two gun-wielding suspects aged 26 and 28, allegedly showed off firearms whilst trying to hijack a delivery vehicle.

“Their notorious action angered community members who mobilised who risked their lives and faced the hail of bullets from the suspects and vowed to apprehend them. The community members eventually apprehended the two,” Mohlala said.

When police arrived at the scene, they found two firearms, five live ammunition and a toy gun in the suspects’ possession. The pair was subsequently arrested and are currently under police guard in hospital due to injuries sustained whilst cornered by the community members.

“Police investigation continues to establish the lawful owners of the firearms, in the meantime the two suspects will face charges of possession of unlicensed firearms with ammunition. The suspects might be further charged emanating from the investigation being conducted”

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SAPS Mpumalanga spokesperson Selvy Mohlala

Mpumalanga’s SAPS Commissioner, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has welcomed the arrest of the suspects and the recovery of the firearms.

“We are on a mission to squeeze space for criminals in the province and we will ensure that Mpumalanga is a safe place for all” she said.

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