SAPS: Lawful owner will be charged

2015-07-08 10:14
Constable Mthokozisi Ngobese and Warrant Officer Ravie Pather stand next to the safe found in Selgro Centre that held eight firearms and 35 live rounds.

Constable Mthokozisi Ngobese and Warrant Officer Ravie Pather stand next to the safe found in Selgro Centre that held eight firearms and 35 live rounds. (Ian Carbutt)

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POLICE yesterday commended a self-employed builder for his honesty when he alerted them of a safe filled with firearms at the Selgro Centre yesterday afternoon.

Builder and demolisher Jongikhaya Mahashe said he had begun work on demolishing the first floor offices at Selgro Centre last ­Thursday when he and his colleagues came across the safe.

“We saw the safe mounted on the wall of an office last Thursday, but I didn’t touch it until I had to remove it [yesterday] to take it to the scrapyard.

“When I removed the safe from the wall, I felt something rattling inside so I decided to open it before I took it to the scrapyard.

“I opened it and found around eight guns.”

Mahashe said he was surprised when he saw the firearms and immediately called the police.

SAPS and members of CAT (Combined Action Team) recovered the safe and the firearms from the centre and then took them to the Loop Street police station.

Pietermaritzburg SAPS spokesperson Constable Mthokozisi Ngobese said the safe contained eight .38 special revolvers, 35 live rounds and one used round.

He said the guns all had ­licences, but the next steps are to verify these licences and send each firearm for ballistics testing to ­determine whether they have been used in any criminal activity.

“The lawful owner will be charged with negligence as the firearms were left for anyone to find and could have fallen in to the wrong hands, like the criminals’.”

Ngobese said the police ­commended Mahashe for coming forward and reporting the firearms as soon as he found them and ­encouraged the public to follow this example when faced with similar situations

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