29 arrested in illegal firearm swoop

2015-05-13 06:00
Part of the stash of firearms recovered.

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FOUR juveniles and 25 suspects appeared in Greytown Magistrateand#039;s Court on charges of possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition as a result of a major breakthrough in crime prevention by the SAPS in Muden, Msinga and Kranskop.

On Friday morning, members of the national Intervention Unit in the Greytown area were conducting investigations in the Muden area. A certain house was identified, secured and searched by the police officers.

A total of 24 firearms were recovered, 20 of which were unlicensed. The firearms included AK-47s, 303 rifles, R1 rifles, 9mm pistols and ammunition.

and#034;It was evident that our police officers have worked tirelessly in dangerous situations to trace heavily­ armed suspects who were waiting to commit crimes in the cluster,and#034; said Greytown cluster commander Colonel G.N. Khumalo.

The firearms were allegedly intended to be used in faction fights and taxi-related incidents in the cluster.

At the beginning of May the Pietermaritzburg Public Order Police recovered 15 firearms, 13 of which were found buried in an area near Greytown.

In the past two months 75 firearms have been recovered in the Greytown cluster, including Muden, Msinga and Kranskop. More than 35 suspects have been arrested and appeared in magistrateand#039;s courts in the area.

Colonel Khumalo told the Greytown Gazette that these operations are being conducted under the banner of Operation Fiyela as part of KZN police strategy to secure various communities which have been plagued by unrest and crime.

KZN police have undertaken a number of operations focused on removing illegal firearms and have had great success.

KZN police commissioner, Lieutenant­ General Mnamonye Ngobeni said that Operation Fiyela would be moving into other troubled­ areas to secure them and make them safe.

It has been proved that illegal firearms are a major factor in crime and criminality

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