The police have arrested 14 suspects who illegally entered South Africa from Lesotho after receiving a tip off about a gang with illegal firearms that was terrorising a community in the neighbouring country.
SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said police had received information from Caledonspoort Port of Entry police about a group of people who had been terrorising a community in Butha-Buthe in Lesotho on Sunday.
“When they were near Fouriesburg they received information from Caledonspoort Port of Entry police about a group of people terrorising the community in Butha-Buthe, Lesotho with firearms and (that they) were crossing over to Republic of South Africa illegally,” Makhele said.
Makhele said that reinforcement was requested and the police waited for the group alongside the border. At approximately 8.30pm a white taxi arrived near the border post to collect the group of people
“When the group approached the taxi, they were all tactically surrounded and arrested. Only one amongst 14 was found in possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition, a 9mm pistol with serial numbers removed,” Makhele said.
“All 14 suspects arrested are expected to appear before Fouriesburg Magistrate court soon facing charge of illegal immigration and one of them additional charge of possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition,” Makhele added.