According to reliable sources known to OFM News, the politician’s car was impounded on Wednesday after the police searched a vehicle suspected to be carrying firearms. The politician is a member of the ANC’s top-six in the province. The driver, who is not the owner, was indeed found in possession of illegal firearms.
Meanwhile, a police spokesperson, Thandi Mbambo, in a statement says police have arrested a 38-year-old suspect who was driving a white BMW X5 linked to a cash-in-transit heist in Bloemfontein. She says the driver, who was driving with no registration numbers, was seen driving along Nelson Mandela Avenue and was followed up until the Bloemgate complex in Brandwag where he was stopped. Mbambo, however, says the police cannot confirm the involvement of any politician.
She confirms that during the search, one R5 rifle, one LM5 rifle and a pistol, all with serial numbers filed off, rifle magazines and ammunition, as well as a pistol magazine with ammunition, a hand radio and an undisclosed amount of cash were found. A bag containing various equipment suspected to be used during heists and armed robberies was also found.
She adds that during a further investigation at the suspect’s house, more ammunition and suspected explosives were found. It was discovered that the suspect is linked to the cross-pavement robbery that occurred at the garage in Brandwag earlier that day. The term "cross-pavement robberies" is used when guards are robbed while carrying cash from the vans to a business or vice versa.
The matter is now under investigation by the Hawks.