17 700 firearms destroyed in KZN

2013-07-31 22:34
(Picture: Sapa)

(Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Thousands of illegal firearms were destroyed on Wednesday in Isipingo, KwaZulu-Natal.

"A total of 17 746 firearms including pistols, revolvers, rifles, AK 47s, shotguns and home-made firearms were destroyed," said police spokesperson Vincent Mdunge in a statement released after the event.

The SA Police Service (SAPS) held the 24th Destruction of Firearms, which was attended by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, his deputy Makhotso Sotyu, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega, and provincial commissioners.

Most of the destroyed guns were used during serious and violent crimes.

"Fifteen of [the guns] were handed in during an amnesty campaign, 474 were voluntarily handed over and 17 257 were seized during police operations," Mdunge said.

The police would use all its resources to curb the proliferation of illegal firearms in society.

"[Most of the] firearms were lost negligently by licensed firearm owners, robbed from licensed firearm owners, robbed from members of SAPS and robbed from security firm personnel."

Read more on:    police  |  riah phiyega  |  nathi mthethwa  |  durban

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
18 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.