Officials at the South African Police Service (SAPS) have arrested a man who had in his possession four illegal pistols, ammunition and explosives in Johannesburg.

SAPS spokesperson Captain Xoli Mbele who confirmed the arrest said that the 32-year-old man was arrested at the of corner Pritchard and Nugget Streets on Tuesday afternoon. According to Mbele,  the arrest was made after the police received a “tip-off” about an armed man who was driving silver Audi A4.


They were told the man was in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. Police responded quickly this and found the car parked at the corner of Pritchard and Nugget Streets, but there was no one inside. The Police officers had to wait until the driver returned and got inside before they moved to arrest him.

“They searched the vehicle and explosives, false number plates, money stained with a blue ink, four unlicensed firearms with no serial numbers and ammunition were recovered,” said Mbele who also indicated that the suspect is expected to appear at the Johannesburg Magistrate Court soon.

The news about the arrest of the armed man follows a reported arrest of a commander of Hawks Serious Anti-Corruption unit in Mpumalanga for allegedly stealing of R439 900. 48-year-old Captain Richard Nkwanyana was suspended amid allegations that he stole over R400 000 cash from different suspects during operations, the Hawks said on Wednesday.

He appeared before the Nelspruit Magistrate Court where he was released on R5000 bail but was prohibited from entering any Hawks’ office. He will appear in court again come 17th October 2017 to face the charges of theft and defeating the ends of justice against him. Acting Hawks head, Lieutenant-General Yolisa Matakata warned that unethical actions of a few members would not be tolerated.

She said the presence of corruption was “like a cancer eating out the very heart” of the Hawks.