2013/09/27, Bekkersdal Municipal Offices were vandilised last night (Thursday 25 September 2013) after community members protested into the late hours of the night over service delivery in the area. Picture: Adrian de Kock
2013/09/27, Bekkersdal Municipal Offices were vandilised last night (Thursday 25 September 2013) after community members protested into the late hours of the night over service delivery in the area. Picture: Adrian de Kock

Bekkersdal shop owner held over gun

By SAPA Time of article published Oct 23, 2013

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Johannesburg - A foreign shop owner was arrested in Bekkersdal, near Westonaria, on Wednesday for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, Gauteng police said.

Constable Elsie Tshonte said residents informed police that the man had a gun and had used it to shoot another man.

“Police officers searched the shop and found the gun,” said Tshonte.

“But we have not received any details surrounding the shooting.”

Tshonte said no case had been opened and “the shop owner has not been charged for that”.

Police continued to monitor the area following violent service delivery protests. Protesters had earlier gathered near the local taxi rank and burnt tyres.

Last week, 35 protesters were arrested and charged with public violence after a petrol bomb and stones were thrown into the police station. Three police vehicles and a disaster management vehicle were damaged.

Tshonte said no protesters had been arrested on Wednesday.

Sapa

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