Taxi bosses arrested for suspected unlicensed guns after tipoff

2015-11-11 10:06
Constable Phindi Madlala with the two guns recovered yesterday from suspects believed to be Stanger taxi bosses.

Constable Phindi Madlala with the two guns recovered yesterday from suspects believed to be Stanger taxi bosses. (Ian Carbutt)

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Pietermaritzburg - Three Stanger taxi bosses and their personal security guards were arrested in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday for the possession of unlicensed guns and ammunition.

The men were armed with a police-issued gun and a R5 assault rifle.

According to Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese, the police were concerned over an influx of weapons into the city, brought by taxi owners arriving from the Stanger area.

It is believed taxi owners who operate between the KwaDukuza and Maphumulo areas were called to an urgent meeting regarding a dispute over routes and permits in those areas.

Ngobese said members of the K9 unit yesterday received information that a black VW Golf was carrying passengers who had in their possession guns and live ammunition.

In a joint operation carried out by members of the K9 unit, tactical response team and flying squad, police officers swooped on the unsuspecting taxi bosses who were driving along Chief Albert Luthuli Street.

One taxi boss, whose name is known to The Witness, was found in possession of a pistol, which is believed to be a police-issued gun.

The serial number on the gun was filed off and four rounds of live ammunition were also found in the magazine.

It is thought that the firearm was stolen.

A security guard, believed to be an employee of a Durban-based security company, was found with an R5 assault rifle with 30 rounds of live ammunition.

Ngobese said yesterday the police were still in the process of determining whether the assault rifle was licensed and if the security guard was authorised by his employers to carry the weapon to Pietermaritzburg.

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