Illegal firearms campaign launched

2015-11-11 06:00

A PROVINCE-WIDE illegal firearms campaign was launched in Greytown last week by MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, accompanied by KZN Police Commissioner, Lieutenant- General Ngobeni.

In launching this as part of Safety Month the MEC promised more visible policing and raids throughout the province. Focus would be on ATM bombings, police visibility in shopping malls and the detection and recovery of illegal firearms.

Various law enforcement agencies would be involved including the Hawks, crime intelligence, special detectives, the private security industry and communities.

A matter of particular concern was the proliferation of illegal firearms in Msinga - with the highest number reported in KZN. The latest statistics showed an increase from 127 to 150 this year.

In May more than 80 firearms, including AK-47 automatic rifles and ammunition were recovered in and around Muden and Greytown, and 3 021 weapons had been recovered in KZN in the first half of this year.

Mchunu said: "Working with communities and police officers we will be redoubling our efforts to recover these illegal firearms. This Safety Month campaign will be wide ranging with the focus on placing the communities at the forefront of fighting crime."

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