Pretoria- A man suspected of stealing live ammunition for a .375 calibre rifle from his employer, as well as performing illegal rifles alterations and allegedly supplying rhino poarchers with rifles and ammunition has been arrested.

On Tuesday the Hawks received an information from an arms dealer who suspected that his employee had stolen live ammunition. Upon checking the CCTV footage the suspicions were confirmed and the man was swiftly arrested. The suspect admitted to having stolen the rounds and led the police to a house of a man he claimed to have been the intended recipient of the ammunition. The said man was not found at his house after several police visits but the search for him is continuing.

The arrested suspect was found in possession of numerous pieces of Air Rifles, firearms parts which were identified as pieces of a 12 Gauge shotgun, a Cylinder tube for a R4 or R5 military firearm, pieces of
chamber locks for a .303 Mauser rifle as well as silencers. Calvin Meshack Mbuyane (52) appeared briefly at the Nelspruit Magistrate Court today and has been remanded in custody until next week Monday

Mbuyane, was employed as a General Gun Smith labour, was allegedly altering firearms as numerous hand tools were found at his house as well as visible alterations to pieces of firearms found in his possession. He is also suspected to be supplying rhino poachers with ammunition as the calibre rounds which he stole from his employer are the ones commonly used by rhino poachers. It is also believed that he is allegedly responsible for repairing firearms for rhino poachers. Investigations are continuing.