36 suspects arrested in KwaZulu-Natal police operations

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

Operations were conducted in most areas in the province including Umlazi, Umbumbulu, KwaDabeka, Inanda, Newcastle, Madadeni, Danhauser, Phoenix, High flats, Sawoti, Umzinto, Port Shepstone, Mountainrise, Mid-Illovo, Camperdown, Mkhuze, KwaMsane, Umsinga and Kranskop. Thirty six suspects were arrested and charged for possession of firearms and ammunition. Thirty seven firearms were recovered and seized of which 31 were handguns. Five homemade firearms, one shotgun and 114 rounds of ammunition were also recovered. 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.

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