Ex-SA soldier arrested with a loaded pistol at Ngundu
CHIREDZI – A former South African soldier Fannie Frank Manzini appeared at Chiredzi Regional Magistrates Court after he was arrested for possessing an unlicenced Glock 17 pistol loaded with 11 rounds.
He was arrested with two Zimbabwean accomplices Talkmore Maruva (38) and Jacob Gwenhamo (38). Police suspect that they intended to commit armed robbery.
Manzini (54) of 10 St Peters Mansions, Bellevue, Johannesburg, appeared before Regional Magistrate Judith Zuyu on Monday. He is facing one count of unlawful possession of a firearm and one count of contravening section 29 (i) (a) of the Immigration Act chapter 04.02, being an alien, entering, remaining, or departing Zimbabwe without a valid travel document.
Maruva is of Matumbware Village, Headman Masunda in Chivi.
The court heard that on August 12, 2022, at around 5 pm, CID Mwenezi and Police at Ngundu received a tipoff that two men were armed and intending to commit robbery at Ngundu.
Police then made a follow-up and waylaid the two at Delta Beverages at Ngundu and arrested them. They were found in possession of a Glock 17×19 mm Calibre Austria pistol, serial number BH2Y094, loaded with 11 rounds.
Regional Magistrate Zuyu remanded the two in custody and encouraged them to apply for bail at the High Court.
The case comes at a time when armed robberies are on the increase.
Early this year armed robbers disappeared with money after shooting and wounding a customer at Chingwanga Supermarket at Vhurumuku Shopping Centre in Chiredzi.
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