3 held in Joburg for possession of arms cache

2014-05-23 08:26

Three people were arrested when police found more than 300 guns, ammunition and explosives at a house in Norwood, north of Joburg, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega has said.

A man, his daughter and their domestic helper were arrested yesterday. They are aged between 26 and 53.

“The person we were pursuing today controls a huge syndicate and is also on our list of most wanted,” she said.

Phiyega was at the scene in Norwood.

The wanted criminal was not arrested. He allegedly lived at the house, but was not home at the time of the arrests.

Police found R1, R4, R5 and AK-47 rifles and about 300 handguns.

Detonators, a machine used to manufacture ammunition, packaged dagga and explosives used for ATM bombings were also found.

“I cannot say at this stage exactly how many guns are here. What I can say is that they are in their hundreds and they were found concealed in containers.”

Phiyega said police would investigate the origin of the arms and ammunition, their intended use, and whether any of them had been used to commit an offence.

She congratulated the team of officers involved in the operation.

“I am very pleased with the result and I want to encourage them to continue with the hard work.”

The three would not be charged until the scene had been thoroughly investigated.

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