WHAT was meant to remain a joyful day following successful lobola negotiations on Sunday, 10 October, ended in tears.
This was after the police arrested two men who formed part of the delegation on their way back home.
According to KZN police spokeswoman Colonel Thembeka Mbele, the men were arrested after being found in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
“On Sunday at 3 pm, police officers from Pietermaritzburg embarked on an operation in the Manqomfini area in Weenen. The team was following up on information about two men from Ezakheni, who went to Manqomfini to pay lobola carrying firearms,” said Mbele.
She said as these men were returning to their homesteads, police pounced on them.
“Their vehicle was intercepted, and they were found in possession of two pistols with 23 rounds of ammunition. The two were arrested for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition,” said Mbele.
She said that the team also recovered an AK-47 with 11 rounds of ammunition.
“The firearm was found abandoned in Weenen. All the recovered firearms will be subjected to ballistic testing.”
Mbele said Zazele Zwane (53) and Mbongiseni Mdluli (52) appeared in the Weenen Magistrates Court on Monday, 11 October.
“They were remanded in custody until 22 October for a formal bail application,” she said.