Mpumalanga police find group of children playing with real gun

The children, found with a real gun in Mpumalanga on Wednesday, were between the ages of six and nine.

Police in Mpumalanga stumbled across a group of children aged between six and nine, that were playing with a real gun next to a dumping site in Delmas, Mpumalanga on Wednesday 1 July.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, has raised concern about the recovery of the firearm.

POLICE OFFICERS NOTICE A GROUP OF CHILDREN WITH A REAL GUN

The gun was recovered by two members who were conducting their duties when they noticed a group of children, aged between six and nine, playing next to a dumping site.

“They then decided to stop and check on the safety of the children as they were supposed to be at home. They then saw one of them holding something resembling a gun but they thought it was a toy,” said Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.

As the members became more curious, the children ran away. Upon checking the item, police realised that what they thought was a toy gun, was actually a real gun.

“They called the station to verify and it was confirmed that the gun — a 6.35mm Beretta — was stolen from a housebreaking incident which took place last year September at Bloemspruit in the Free State Province,” he said.

TEEN SHOT AND KILLED IN SEPARATE INCIDENT 

In February this year, police in Baberton, Mpumalanga attended to an incident where an 18-year-old boy was shot and killed.

According to the report, the victim was with a group of friends next to a cemetery and one of them, also an 18-year-old boy had a gun in his possession.

“The firearm allegedly went off and hit the victim on the upper body. Police were then notified about the incident, drove to the scene with medical personnel [but] unfortunately, the young man was certified dead. A case of murder was opened and the said firearm seized as well,” said Hlathi.

Investigations into the case revealed that the 18-year-old suspect was the one who allegedly pulled the trigger and was subsequently arrested. Further information, uncovered that the gun was stolen from a police officer during a hijacking incident that occurred at Masoyi in January 2019.

Zuma is perturbed about the proliferation of firearms in the province. “I strongly urge the public to report those possessing firearms illegally to prevent unnecessary loss of lives,” he said.

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