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More than 37 firearms seized within the last seven days operations


Media Statement from KwaZulu Natal Media Centre
Corporate Communication

South African Police Service

KwaZulu-Natal police including Provincial Task Team, National Intervention Unit, K9 Units, Crime Prevention and Public OrderPolice conducted operations from 1 May 2016 to the early hours of 7 May 2016, aimed at arresting wanted criminals, seizing unlicensed firearms in the province.

Operations were conducted in most areas in the province including Umlazi, Umbumbulu, KwaDabeka, Inanda, Newcastle, Madadeni, Dannhauser, Phoenix, Hiflats, Himview, Sawoti, Umzinto, Portshepstone, Mountainrise, Midilivo, Campadown, Mkhuze, KwaMsane, Umsinga, Kranskop. Thirty six suspects were arrested and charged for possession of firearms and ammunition. Thirty seven firearms were recovered and seized which are thirty one handguns. Five homemade firearms and one shotgun, one hundred and fourteen rounds of ammunition. All suspects appeared in different courts within the province. Recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any other crimes in the province.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended police on the arrests and the seizure of unlicensed firearms. “We will continue with similar operations to keep our province safe. I appeal to the members of the community to continue supporting the police by providing valuable information about illegal firearms in the province,” she said.

Media enquiries: Major Shooz Magudulela- 082 337 5216