Gauteng SAPS Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has issued an urgent investigation of two university students that where caught in possession of an illegal high-calibre firearm in Braamfontien yesterday.
SAPS have been on high alert and monitoring protests by students from various tertiary institutions, particularly in Johannesburg.
According to Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, an intelligence report regarding a dangerous weapon led police to a gathering in Braamfontein yesterday.
“It is at this gathering where members observed two students in Stiemens Street carrying an automatic rifle. The officers kept close watch and saw the pair drive off in a vehicle. The car was followed and ultimately stopped by the Johannesburg Flying Squad and the Tactical Response Team in Auckland Park,” said Peters.
Police searched the vehicle and found a Galil firearm which is allegedly an automatic rifle of Israeli-make with a loaded magazine.
A 24-year-old male and 21 year-old female were arrested by police officials.
The pair are expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate Court soon on two charges of possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition, and possession of a dangerous weapon.