Unlicensed firearms recovered in Dalton

2017-01-18 06:01

IN a special operation conducted by Pietermaritzburg North Crime Intelligence personnel last week in Dalton six unlicensed firearms, including two R5 rifles, 9mm pistols, two 303 rifles and a 38 special revolver together with 44 live round ammunition were recovered

Three suspects, aged between 19 and 24, were arrested for them and one was found with three firearms - R5 rifle, 303 rifle and 9mm pistol. All arrested suspects appeared in the New Hanover Magistrate’s Court on possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda, welcomed and applauded police for a successful recovery of massive illegal firearms and ammunition in various parts of the province, saying this has gone a long way in removing tools that are the key drivers of murder and robbery.

Kaunda commended the police for work well done, urging communities to work with the police to ensure that weapons of destruction were removed from communities.

“As the department and the government of KwaZulu-Natal we have prioritised the challenge of illegal firearms available in our communities. These are tools that fuel conflict, murder and robbery in our province, resulting in violence and instability.

“We, therefore, thank the police for this brave and good work and call on communities to work hand in hand with the police to clean the province of these illegal firearms ,” urged Kaunda.

He said the KwaZulu-Natal government was concerned about the proliferation of illegal firearms, which are used for criminal activities.
“From January to March last year, police recovered 1 265 illegal firearms and 13 683 rounds of ammunition. These firearms are also used to kill our police officers. The incidents of shoot-outs between police and suspects in various occasions in the province is becoming a matter of concern.”

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