SA police unearth more illegal guns



DURBAN, (CAJ News) – SOUTH African Police Service (SAPS) have arrested several suspects in the crime notorious KwaZulu-Natal Province for illegal possession of firearms.

Since Tuesday, Pietermaritzburg Public Order Police (POP) and Msinga police have been conducting an operation at Msinga and Ingome area, which led to arrest of some men and the recovery of five firearms as well as a total of 49 live rounds of ammunition.

Public Order Police was deployed in these areas to eradicate the proliferation of firearms.

In the early hours of Wednesday, at KwaMbhono area in Msinga, operatives searched a man and found him in possession of two assault rifles, R1 and 303 in his possession.

A 59-year-old suspect was arrested and charged for possession of unlicensed firearms.

In Ingome area, they seized a pistol and 20 live rounds of ammunition from a 35-year-old male who was then arrested.

At Engcakini area, police arrested a 46-year-old male after he was found with a revolver and 29 live rounds of ammunition in his possession.

Both men were taken to Greytown police station for detention and charged for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

Police searched another homestead at Msinga and found a 303 rifle which was abandoned in a vacant house.

All arrested suspects were appearing today at Msinga and Greytown Magistrates’ Courts.

Serial numbers from the seized firearms were filed off and they will be sent for ballistic testing to ascertain if they were used in the commission of any crime in the country.

KwaZulu Natal Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, said operations would continue to rid the area of unlicensed weapons.

“These operations will continue as long as POP are deployed and will continue to work with police station members to disarm criminals in the area and make Greytown with its surroundings a gun-free zone. We are doing everything in our powers to prevent the killings and other criminal activities in the area,” she said.

– CAJ News





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