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Son of prominent KZN Mayor arrested in Gauteng

Gauteng Traffic Police has arrested suspects after they were found in possession of unlicensed high calibre firearms

The Gauteng Traffic Police High Speed Unit has confirmed the arrest of four male suspects last night, the 12th of August, during a routine high-speed operation conducted on the N1 freeway in Centurion.

According a statement issued by the Gauteng Traffic Police, the team was joined by the newly appointed Head of Department for Gauteng Community Safety, Ms Nontsikelelo Sisulu and Gauteng Traffic Police Chief Director, Advocate Thami Mayisela.

The report furthermore says, ‘The suspects were intercepted after driving a BMW 1 Series at an excessive speed of 235km/h on a prescribed maximum limit of 120km/h. A son of a prominent Mayor from KwaZulu-Natal was found travelling together with the suspects and claimed the suspects were his protectors “Bodyguards” while failing to validate his claim. The suspects failed to produce any form of identification.’

‘Upon searching the vehicle, the officers discovered unlicensed high calibre firearms and ammunition as well as several Natis motor vehicle registration documents as well as motor vehicle keys. The suspects were immediately arrested and police investigations are currently underway at this stage. The suspects are expected to appear in Pretoria Magistrates Court shortly to face charges relating to possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, contravention of the level 3 Disaster Management Act 1 of 33 and for reckless and negligent driving with an alternative charge of exceeding the general speed limit of 120km/h.’

Meanwhile, during the same night six drivers were arrested for excessive speeding and were charged for reckless and negligent driving with an alternative charge of exceeding the general speed limit of 120km/h.

“We commend the members of high-speed unit for the swift arrest of suspects along the N1 freeway and for seizing high calibre firearms in the process. The confiscation thereof augurs well in our quest to create a safer province, since most of these firearms are used in the commission of serious and violent crimes,” said Nomphiti Mtshali, Acting Gauteng Traffic Police Spokesperson.

Road fatalities are caused by driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless and negligent driving as well as excessive speeding. We call upon the Gauteng Traffic Police High Speed Unit to intensify and continue conducting patrols on Gauteng major routes to ensure that motorists adhere to the general speed limit.

Nomphiti Mtshali.

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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