Task team recovers firearms and ammunition

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Task team recovers firearms and ammunition. Photo :SAPS
Task team recovers firearms and ammunition. Photo :SAPS

In the early hours of the morning of the 29 June 2017, the Ilembe Cluster Task Team assisted by Crime Intelligence, Umhlali K9 Unit, National Intervention Unit and various SAPS units embarked on an operation as part of the Back to Basics approach at Maphumulo area.

The team proceeded to the identified areas where there were suspects believed to be in possession of unlicensed firearms. They went to Mangongo area where two suspects were found in possession of unlicensed 9mm pistol and 303 rifle. The members proceeded to Mvoti area where they arrested two more suspects who were found in possession of a shotgun and a home-made shotgun. A total of 42 various assorted live rounds of ammunition were recovered. The arrested suspects aged between 33 and 46 will appear tomorrow, 30 June 2017 in the Maphumulo Magistrates’ Court on charges of possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

“This bears testimony that we are committed in rooting out all the criminal elements in our society. The arrested suspects will be profiled to establish if they are linked to any other cases committed in Maphumulo and surrounding areas.

I am encouraging the community to work together with the police in getting rid of these illegal firearms circulating in our province. For the past week our police officers already have recovered a number of unlicensed firearms from the criminals,” said the KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa

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