Unlicensed firearms: three men arrested

2013-07-15 00:00

A WELL-KNOWN Amanzimtoti businessman (47) was arrested yesterday for possession of four unlicensed firearms, including a shotgun and 1 000 rounds of ammunition.

The man is expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court today. His name is being withheld until his court appearance.

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said yesterday a joint operation was conducted by various units within the police after they received information about unlicensed firearms at a house in Amanzimtoti, south of Durban.

“The police identified the house and searched it. They found four unlicensed firearms — a shotgun, a 9 mm pistol and two rifles. More than 1 000 live rounds were also recovered from the house,” he said.

“A 47-year-old man failed to produce a licence to possess such firearms and ammunition. He was therefore arrested and charged with possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.”

In another operation, two people, one of them a local induna, were arrested at Msinga for possession of unlicensed firearms.

In the past, police have recovered many weapons from the area.

The men — Lawulakwakho Richard Ndlovu (41) and Mzovukatho Ngobese (33) — appeared in the Msinga Magistrate’s Court on Friday. The case was adjourned for further investigation.

Four firearms — an AK47 assault rifle, .303 rifle, .22 rifle and a 9 mm pistol — were recovered.

All seized firearms will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any crime.

KwaZulu-Natal provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said the officers will continue with a zero-tolerance approach towards illegal firearms. “We will continue to work in partnership with the community to get rid of illegal firearms from our society,” she said.

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