Teens play with guns found at mine dump

2015-06-03 12:52
A police officer shows some of the rifles. (SA Police Service, Facebook)

A police officer shows some of the rifles. (SA Police Service, Facebook)

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Kimberley- A police investigation is under way after four boys, aged 14, found six rifles wrapped in a blanket at the John Daka mine dump in Galeshewe, Kimberley.

The boys' relatives brought them to the police station on Monday and told police that the children were playing with the firearms, Colonel Priscilla Naidu said in a statement.

"Members of the Kimberley K9 unit and the Flying Squad took the boys to the dump to investigate the allegation. Police found a hunting rifle," said Naidu.

"The boys alleged that about two weeks ago, while playing at the site, they stumbled on a blanket and when they opened the blanket, they found six rifles wrapped inside. They took four of the rifles."

When they went back to the dump the following day, the two other guns were gone.

"While playing with the rifles [they had previously taken], two men approached them and told them that the firearms belonged to them. They gave the boys R100 and took three of the rifles," Naidu said.

One of the suspects was known to the teenagers.

"Police visited the suspect’s house and the firearms were recovered at a relative’s house in the area."

Police had since recovered four rifles, three magazines and seven rounds of ammunition.

Two men, aged 29 and 31, were arrested and detained on charges of illegal possession of firearms and illegal possession of ammunition.

They were expected to appear in court soon.

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