Isipingo: Cops destroy over 12?000 firearms

2011-09-07 00:00

POLICE destroyed more than 12 000 firearms at the Reclamation Group in Isipingo yesterday morning.

They had been either seized by police or voluntarily handed over.

Said Brigadier Phindile Radebe,“Communities in this province can feel safer knowing that they will be spared the possibility of being intimidated, robbed or killed with these firearms …”

Of the 12 083 firearms that were destroyed, 3 596 were legal firearms surrendered by their owners and 302 were illegal firearms surrendered during an amnesty early last year, she said. Most of the firearms were reportedly seized during police operations and investigations.

There were 67 AK47 rifles, 2 436 revolvers, 6 763 pistols, 869 shotguns and 1 031 homemade firearms.

Radebe encouraged communities to come forward with information on illegal firearms.

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