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Three men charged with the possession of unlicensed firearms during Operation Shanela

Police in Mpumalanga arrested three suspects aged between 28 and 74 on Friday as part of actions taken during Operation Shanela.

Among the arrested suspects, two were nabbed in the Calcutta area, while one was apprehended in Bushbuckridge.

Operation Shanela was launched in May 2023 in an attempt to clamp down on crime in high-density areas across the country.

According to Mpumalanga police spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli, members of the task team in Calcutta collaborated with their counterparts of Calcutta police station and focused around Ximhunge and Malamule areas near Mkhuhlu when they spotted a man who looked suspicious to them.

The man was searched and police found a pistol with two rounds of live ammunition in his possession. He was charged with being in possession of an unlicensed firearm with ammunition.

Police then proceeded to a house in Justicia Trust where they conducted a search, resulting in the discovery of a firearm with two rounds of live ammunition. He was also charged with being in possession of an unlicensed firearm with ammunition.

“The investigation so far suggests that the two men could be part of a group of suspects sought by the police for a spate of business robberies committed against Pakistani nationals and tavern owners around Calcutta,” Mdhluli says.

The two were expected to appear in the Mkhuhlu magistrate’s court earlier today.

A third suspect was cornered during an operation by Bushbuckridge detectives on Tuesday.

“The detectives followed up on information about a suspect who was in possession of an unlicensed firearm.

He was found in possession of a revolver as well as ten rounds of live ammunition. He was expected to appear in the Bushbuckridge magistrate’s court earlier today.

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