Plan to curb crime, proliferation of illegal firearms in KZN

2015-11-04 09:54


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Pietermaritzburg - The provincial government and police have hatched a tight security plan to curb crime and the proliferation of illegal firearms in KwaZulu-Natal.

This comes as statistics revealed that police had recovered 3 021 illegal firearms around the province during the first two quarters of this year alone.

Details of the plan were announced in Greytown yesterday by KZN Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu and KZN police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni during the official launch of Safety Month.

The security plan would include raids across the province, but key focus areas would include ATM bombings, police visibility in shopping malls, and the detection and recovery of illegal firearms.

Mchunu and Ngobeni agreed that illegal firearms were the key drivers of crime in the province.

It was revealed that the security plan would also include various law enforcement agencies including the Hawks, Crime Intelligence, detectives, the private security industry and community structures.

Addressing stakeholders at the launch yesterday, Mchunu explained that Safety Month (November) was launched in the greater uMsinga area because there was a concern about the large number of illegal firearms there.

Recent crime statistics showed that uMsinga had the highest number of illegal firearms cases in the province, with 159 confiscated in the 2014/2015 financial year.

Ngobeni said police would be out in “full force” during Safety Month and beyond, and urged communities to continue working with the police.

“We call on communities to be vigilant and continue working with us. The police will do everything we can to ensure that the communities are safe,” she said.

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