Reports: Orlando Pirates’ Thamsanqa Sangweni out on bail for allegedly discharging a firearm in public

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Sangweni was reportedly arrested for allegedly opening fire at a mall in Johannesburg but has since been released on bail

With news that Orlando Pirates midfielder Thamsanqa Sangweni was arrested, the club has remained mum on the news.

Sangweni was reportedly arrested for an alleged shooting that took place last week Sunday at The Core Shopping Centre in Sunninghill, North of Johannesburg.

The former AmaZulu midfielder has been making headlines off the field of play after reports suggested that he has lost discipline and was sidelined by the technical team.

According to the Sowetan, the 29-year-old allegedly discharged his 9mm pistol seven times before being apprehended by the guards and was later handed over to police.

Sangweni, subsequently spent several hours behind bars before reportedly being released on bail.

Although the Soweto giants’ administrator Floyd Mbele couldn't comment because the player was on break, the police have confirmed the arrest.

Speaking on behalf of Sandton police, spokesman Granville Meyer confirmed the arrest and a case of discharging a firearm in a public area.

"I can confirm that a case of discharging a firearm in a municipal area was opened against the suspect,” Meyer was quoted as saying by the Sowetan.

"He was arrested on Monday, 28 May 2018 and released on police bail of R1000. The date of his court appearance is unknown," Meyer added.

Moreover, the website explains that the officer who arrested the former Chippa United midfielder found him in possession of his firearm licence at the time of the incident and it was confiscated.

One of the officers who also responded to the incident - after being alerted of a shooting at the shopping centre - said they rushed to the scene thinking that it was a robbery.

"When we arrived he was already cuffed by the guards because they said he was refusing to cooperate with them," an officer who did not want to be named said. 

Back in 2013, former Usuthu goalkeeper Mandla Sangweni, (Siyabonga and Thamsanqa's brother), was arrested for shooting his uncle, Vusumuzi with a gun reportedly belonging to the former Bafana Bafana and Golden Arrows defender.