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TWO Zimbabweans were arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms linked to a spat of armed robberies in South Africa last weekend while another was held for an armed raid at a supermarket.

South Africa police spokesman for Limpopo province, Colonel Ronel Otto confirmed the firearms arrests.

“Two suspects from Zimbabwe were arrested at Naboomspruit and found in possession of three firearms, several rounds of ammunition and stolen goods, including lap tops,” he said.

“Police recovered three firearms (revolvers and pistols), several laptops and a variety of other household goods. The suspects are already linked to six incidents of housebreaking in the Naboomspruit area.”

Police raided the pair’s hideout after receiving a tip off from members of the public. The recovered firearms were stolen during a house robbery in the Brits and Hartbeespoortdam areas in the North West.

Otto said the Zimbabweans were expected to appear at the Naboomspruit Magistrates’ Court this week.

In an unrelated case, three Zimbabweans last Saturday robbed a supermarket in Kimberley, Northern Cape province, getting away with several goods and cash.

Police said the robbers pounced on the shop wearing balaclavas and made off with various items and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Lieutenant Donald Mdhluli from the SAPS Northern Cape Corporate Communication said,” The two suspects then left the shop on foot into the veld.

“The shop owner followed them with his bakkie. It is believed that the suspects might have left their Ford Leisure bakkie in the veld so that they could use it to get away.

“The complainant somehow managed to disturb the suspects which led them to get out of the vehicle and tried to escape on foot. The shop owner succeeded in apprehending one suspect but the other one managed to get away.”

NewZimbabwe.com spoke to the investigating officer, detective Warrant Officer Patrick Dibebe who confirmed they had arrested a Zimbabwean who was identified as Postlate Mapuranga.

Dibebe also said, “we have launched a manhunt for the other suspects from Zimbabwe only known as Robson and Shepherd. We are still investigating the case of armed robbery.”

Major General Abrahams from the Northern Cape said the arrest of the suspect was a positive development adding police hoped it would help reduce business and armed robberies in the area.

Source : New Zimbabwe