Bulk of destroyed firearms from KZN - Phiyega

2015-07-09 14:01
National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega.

National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega. (Theana Breugem )

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WATCH: SAPS destroy more than 14 000 illegal firearms

2015-07-09 13:07

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has destroyed more than 14 000 illegal firearms and ammunition in Vereeniging, south of Johannesburg. WATCH

Vereeniging - The bulk of the firearms which were destroyed by the police on Thursday came from KwaZulu-Natal, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said. 

A total of 3 418 of guns had been seized in the province. 

The Western Cape was second with 2 053, followed by the Limpopo province with 1 155, Mpumalanga with 666 and the Free State with 577. 

The guns were destroyed in Vereeniging as the world marked International Firearms Destruction Day. 

Phiyega could not immediately give details of how many firearms had been collected in Gauteng. 

She said the numbers were not immediately clear following the arrest of Colonel Christiaan Prinsloo, a senior police officer alleged to have stolen and sold guns to gangsters on the Cape Flats while he headed the Firearm, Liquor and Second Hand Goods Control in Gauteng. 

Meanwhile, over 3 000 state-owned guns were also to be destroyed. 

Phiyega explained that these were police guns which were too old and could no longer be used. 

Many of these had been used in the training of police officers, some of them were old and parts to maintain them were no longer available. 

Over 14 000 guns were destroyed on Thursday. 

Police spokesperson Solomon Makgale could not immediately confirm whether any of the guns destroyed had been voluntarily handed in by members of the public. 


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