They not only came to rob, they were too heavily armed, ”said Riaan Corbett, Free State Agriculture (US) security representative in Fouriesburg.
Five men, including two former Ficksburg police officers, armed with a R1 and a Norinco pistol, were arrested on Wednesday, allegedly on their way to attacking a couple in the district.
The men carried 15 bullets with them for the R1 and 7 for the pistol.
Sgt. Police spokesperson Fikiswa Matoti said police’s K9 unit and public order unit in Bethlehem received information from the Crime Intelligence Unit that the gang was planning to strike at a farm in the Fouriesburg area on Wednesday.
The attack was planned for about 10:00, according to information.
An action was organized by police and local security structures and vehicle routes closed early in the morning.
The police noticed a car suspiciously at about 07:00 and the driver was ordered to stop.
Matoti said there were five people in the vehicle. The police searched the vehicle and found the firearms.
Cowboys and money were also found in the car.
Matoti says the other three men are from Botshabelo outside Bloemfontein.
All five will soon appear in court in Fouriesburg and will be convicted of committing a crime and accusing possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
Corbett says farmers are very grateful that the alleged attack has been prevented. He says although the vehicle had a Lesotho registration number, it belonged to one of Ficksburg’s former police officers. No Lesotho citizens are involved.
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