KwaZulu-Natal police are continuing to make an impact on crime by removing illegal firearms in the province. A large number of firearms were seized in the province this weekend during stabilisation operations conducted by various clusters. In most of these cases suspects were arrested and will appear in various courts tomorrow.
In Sydenham, police officers were conducting crime prevention operations in hotspots within their policing precinct, when they received a report of a person in illegal possession of a firearm at a tuck shop in Burnwood. It is alleged that the suspect assaulted someone and pointed him with a firearm. The victim reported the matter to the police who reacted swiftly in following up the information.
The suspect (31) attempted to flee as police arrived and he also opened fire at police officers. He was summarily arrested and was found in possession of two unlicensed firearms and ammunition. These firearms were reported stolen from Phoenix.
In Wentworth, police officers responded to a report of a man in possession of a firearm at Clinic Road. The police officers speedily proceeded to the location and spotted the suspect. He was searched and an unlicensed firearm with ammunition was seized from him. The firearm was reported stolen at Sydenham in June last year. He was charged for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. The arrested suspect will appear at the Wentworth Magistrate’s Court.
A firearm was also removed from Bhambhani in Inanda. Police officers were on foot beat at Bhambhani when they spotted a man who was trying to avoid them. The man was searched and he was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition He was charged for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. The arrested suspect (34) will appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula heaped praise on police officers across the province for their dedication in removing illegal firearms from our streets and for arresting those that use these firearms in various criminal enterprises.
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