- Two 'student protestors' have been arrested and charged after cops found an illegal weapon
- The students are aged 24 and 21 years old and were reportedly part of the Johannesburg student protests
- The pair were found in possession of a high-calibre illegal assault rifle and were arrested immediately
Two students were arrested after being found in possession of a high-calibre illegal assault rifle. The students were reportedly part of the protests in Johannesburg. Reports say that a crime intelligence report revealed that a dangerous weapon was operational.
Police officers followed the report to a meeting where the assault rifle was seen. The two students, aged 21 and 24, hopped into a car and officers followed them. The vehicle was then stopped and the rifle was found.
Officers found a Galil, an automatic Israeli-made rifle, with a loaded magazine. The arrests were made immediately after the rifle was found.
JacarandaFM reported that the students have been charged with possession of a dangerous weapon and the possession of an illegal firearm with ammunition. TimesLIVE reported that the pair are expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court soon.
An urgent investigation has been ordered by Gauteng Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela.
Briefly.co.za has been reporting on the student protests which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander, Mthokozisi Ntumba. Reports say that Ntumba had just walked out of a doctor's office when he was allegedly shot by a rubber bullet.
The news of Ntumba's untimely death made countrywide headlines as South Africans are reeling from the death of an innocent man.
Another report about the protests revealed that a Wits University student had been injured during the nationwide protests against financial exclusion. SRC stated that the young lady had been shot in the knee and the bullet went right through her leg.
She was subsequently rushed to a hospital. According to the SRC, the police had opened fire at them without prior warning, which resulted in the wounding of the student
The protests started at Wits and ended up turning into a nationwide shutdown with 26 universities participating. The Tshwane University of Technology, however, stated that it would not be participating in the protests.
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