Gauteng police recover over 300 unlicensed firearms in 2 weeks

South African Police Service

Gauteng police recover over 300 unlicensed firearms in 2 weeks
Gauteng police recover over 300 unlicensed firearms in 2 weeks

Police in Gauteng recovered more than 300 unlicensed firearms and more than 4000 rounds of live ammunition in the past two weeks (14 November 2022 to 3 December 2022).

The recovery of these weapons came at a time when police have intensified the fight against contact crimes which include murder and armed robbery.

More police officers have been deployed on the ground to conduct crime prevention patrols, stop-and-searches as well as roadblocks.

Among those arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms, are suspects believed to be involved in gangsterism and ATM Bombings.

Police in Eldorado Park were patrolling along the hotspot area when they searched a man who was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm loaded with eight rounds of ammunition. The 32-year-old suspect, a resident of Westbury, is allegedly wanted for murder cases in Sophiatown.

All the recovered firearms will be subjected to a ballistic test to determine whether they can be linked to other serious crimes committed.

Community members are urged to report the crime to their nearest police station, SAPS Crime Stop 08600 10111, or leave an anonymous tip-off on the MySAPS App.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service