Police in KwaZulu-Natal conducted operations aimed at eliminating the spread of unlicensed firearms in the province.
From 1 to 28 February 2018, police confiscated a total of 154 firearms and various assorted rounds of ammunition (1159) through various operations that were conducted around the province.
A total of 161 suspects were arrested during these operations that were conducted in Ekombe, Upper Tugela, Msinga, Hluhluwe, Highflats, Hammersdale Umlazi, KwaMashu, Phoenix and other areas.
The recovered firearms include 136 pistols, 14 high calibre firearms and four homemade firearms.
All arrested suspects appeared in the various magistrates’ courts. The firearms have been sent for ballistic testing to determine whether they were used in the commission of crime in the country or can assist in solving pending cases.
“These operations aimed at eradicating the proliferation of unlicensed firearms will continue to make the province safer for all people. We urge the community to report all those in possession of unlicensed firearms within their communities to the police, as the confiscation of those firearms will save unnecessary loss of lives as well as other serious and violent crimes,” said the KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki.
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