More guns found at harbours

2011-02-08 09:06

More weapons were found at the Durban and Richards Bay harbours during a sting operation last night, KwaZulu-Natal police said today.

“We found eight shotgun rifles and two .308 assault rifles inside the container at the Durban Harbour last night,” Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said.

“This was after members of the organised crime and crime intervention units received a tip off.”

On the same night, police moved to Richards Bay where three rifles, a handgun and 320 rounds of ammunition were found in a container.

Nobody was caught in either raid, but police were confident of making arrests soon.

In December, police found two shotguns, eight rifles and 63,000 rounds of ammunition at Durban Harbour.

Derrick Coetzee, Bythe Cotterill, Christina Coycolazas and Joycelyn Niekerk were arrested at a house in Westville for possession of illegal arms and ammunition.

They briefly appeared in Pinetown Magistrates Court yesterday and had their case postponed to April, to allow for further investigation and ballistics reports to be compiled.

These weapons had reportedly been intended to help fight Somalian pirates, but were instead illegally diverted to the local arms trade.

Mdunge would not say if there was a connection between the December arms and the recent find.

In another case, six people were arrested in Greytown for possession of seven firearms, which included R5 and R4 rifles.

They were expected to appear in the Greytown Magistrate’s Court today.

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