But little did they know that cops were tracing them.
Now the three men, aged between 17, 24 and 27, have been arrested and are already believed to be behind farm attacks in Limpopo.
Cops believe the men are part of a syndicate terrorising the farming communities in Tzaneen including Makgobaskloof and Georges Valley areas.
COPS spokesman Colonel Moetshe Ngoepe said their arrest follows the persistent random gun shooting in the village, especially during the night.
“This prompted a police operation and we searched all the identified houses within Mokgoba village and subsequently the guns were found.
” During arrest five hunting rifles, 30 live rounds, 17 empty carriages, 92 loose projectiles and one welding machine were seized,” said Ngoepe.
He said early a similar operation was conducted in Relela village outside Tzaneen where six suspects aged between 24 and 55, who are residents of Ga-Kubjana and Relela villages near Tzaneen were arrested.
Cops recovered 14 rifles, two pistols , and 318 ammunitions for different calibres.
These firearms were found buried in the yard of one of the suspects’ home.
Preliminary investigations point to the possibility that these suspects might be connected to a series of farm attacks in the area and more arrests are expected.
He said the suspects will appear before the Modjadjiskloof Magistrate Court soon on various offences including possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, house robberies, house breakings and theft.
Ngoepe said the suspects may be connected to more cases as their profiling is still unfolding.