An intelligence operation conducted by King Cetshwayo District Task Team yielded positive results when a 41-year-old man was arrested after he was found in possession of firearms.
In the early hours of Thursday, 18 January 2024, police officers received information about a man who was in possession of firearms. The team proceeded to the man’s place of residence at Ndindima area which is outside Esikhaleni. A search was conducted and two firearms, an AK 47 assault rifle and pistol, as well as 38 rounds of ammunition and two magazines were found hidden in the bedroom. The suspect was duly arrested and charged for unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition. The recovered firearms will be subjected to ballistic testing to ascertain if they were used in the commission of any crime in the country.
Further investigation revealed that the suspect was an alleged hitman before he was wheelchair-bound. It is suspected that he was running a business of leasing out firearms to criminals. The investigations are still on-going. The suspect will appear before at Esikhaleni Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 19 January 2024.