Firearms and ammunition found with the soldier.

The firearms and ammunition that were found in the Soldier’s place.

Soldier arrested for stealing firearms and ammunition

A soldier was apprehended after he stole firearms and ammunition from a military base, to sell them to the public.

Firearms and ammunition found with the soldier.

The firearms and ammunition that were found in the Soldier’s place.

Following the discovery firearms and magazines at a residential building in Brandwag, Bloemfontein, a member of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was detained.

The 31 year old suspect was apprehended by the tactical reaction squad, according to Sergeant Mahlomola Kareli, a spokesperson for the Free State police.

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How did the suspect get caught?

The Park Road tactical reaction team learned on Wednesday that someone was in a Brandwag apartment building with an illegal firearm, according to intelligence-led information.

The team took action right away in response to the information, which directed them to Brandwag Flats in Nelson Mandela Drive.

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When police arrived at one of the apartments, they discovered a male suspect, 31, hiding beneath a bag in the bedroom with an old rifle, a stun grenade, 60 rounds of R5 live ammunition, five R5 rifle magazines empty, and three R1 rifle magazines empty.

For having an unlicensed firearm and ammo, the suspect is scheduled to show up in court soon in Bloemfontein.

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The department of defense praised and congratulated the police for their quick response.

Police received information about a soldier living in Brandwag who was suspected of stealing weapons and ammunition from the Tempe Military installation and selling them to the general people, according to department spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini.

What firearms were in his possession?

“After being apprehended, he was charged with possessing an unauthorized pistol and ammunition, a hand grenade, and a SAPS uniform cap. The products are thought to be worth R90 000, according to Dlamini.

“No criminal activity will go unpunished in the SANDF, according to Gen. Rudzani Maphwanya, chief of the SANDF.

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