South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers were shot at by three suspects while on patrol near the Zimbabwean border. SANDF managed to arrest one of the suspects and handed them over to the South African Police Service (SAPS).
SANDF SHOT AT BY SUSPECTS NEAR BORDER
The SANDF soldiers were reportedly conducting their routine foot patrol near Boerdery Farm, near the Zimbabwean border, when they spotted three suspicious men standing on top of a lone hill.
“Upon approaching the suspects, the suspects fired four shots at the SA National Defence Force members,” said Captain M.E. Semono in a statement.
“The soldiers successfully managed to arrest one suspect with one pistol (Vektor), 3 rounds and 4 cellphones in his possession.”
The two other suspects managed to evade capture and slipped across the border into Zimbabwe. SANDF handed the arrested suspect over to SAPS who are investigating a case of possession of an unlicensed firearm, possession of live ammunition and entering the Republic of South Africa without documentation.
Elsewhere, Lieutenant Ngwasheng and his platoon confiscated 20 master boxes of Remington Gold illicit cigarettes, which are worth approximately R266940. SANDF handed the contraband over to the South African Revenue Service (SARS).
DAGGA WORTH R500k CONFISCATED
In an unrelated incident near the Lesotho border, SANDF confiscated 103.30 kilograms of dagga – that was loaded in the back of a bakkie – in the Belfort area. The drugs had an estimated street value of R500000.
“It is a norm for smugglers to attempt smuggling goods and drugs into South Africa through the Republic of South Africa/Lesotho borderline during the winter season, hoping that the soldiers would not catch them,” said Captain P.N. Mboniswa.
“Unfortunately for the smugglers, the soldiers of SANDF deployed along the border were on high alert.”
SANDF handed the dagga over to the relevant authorities.