SA seizes arms cache destined for Somalia

2010-12-27 16:48

Johannesburg - Police said on Monday they had arrested four people over an illegal arms cache that investigators believe was being shipped to Somalia to help fight piracy.

Spokesperson Vincent Mdunge said police received a tip-off that the four suspects were using a house near Durban to hide a shipment of guns that had been illegally routed through Durban's harbour and was on its way to Somalia.

"When the officers raided the house, about 13 long arms, including assault rifles, shotguns and .380 rifles with telescopic capabilities, were recovered. Four suspects were then arrested," Mdunge told AFP.

"Our preliminary investigation has proved that the firearms were destined for Somalia for the prevention of piracy along the coastline," he added.

"They were illegally re-routed into South Africa through the Durban harbour, and that is how they were recovered."

Mdunge said he could not give details on the origin of the guns or to whom they were being shipped as investigations were still on.

He said the four suspects - a 39-year-old man, a 28-year-old woman and two 20-year-old women - were released on bail and due back in court on February 7. They face charges of possessing unlicensed firearms and violating South Africa's gun control law.

Somali pirates have hijacked 45 vessels and taken a total of 948 hostages this year in the waters off the war-wracked Horn of Africa state, according to the International Chamber of Commerce's International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

The IMB estimates there are currently holding 25 ships and 586 hostages.

  • baaboon - 2010-12-27 19:03

    good work south africa

  • bokfan1 - 2010-12-27 20:16

    If the firearms were on their way to Somalia for the 'prevention of piracy' was this confiscation necessarily a good thing?

      Fazil - 2010-12-27 20:34

      I agree, as this article seems to intimate that the arms were destined for pirates! Read between the lines

  • Vaal Donkie - 2010-12-27 20:52

    So now those arms are probably going to be used by South African pirates when they attack people in their homes, on their farms, or for robbing cash-in-transit vehicles.

      Grant - 2010-12-27 21:26

      Whats wrong Donkie - every silver lining got a dark cloud?

  • gawie.botha - 2010-12-27 22:17

    Out on bail? 2woman and one man!!!Who is believing this "story" Who is the "Warlords" behind this! Someone is dragging a red hearing across the tracks...... I am so glad that i do not do these kind of investigations anymore............The ANC must wake up!!!!!!!!!!!

      BONES - 2010-12-28 15:19

      I am also glad you not "doing these kind of investigations anymore.." Me thinks you have been to close to the turd force!

      Jakkals911 - 2010-12-29 03:10

      Geoffrey, the 380 refers to the number of rifles confiscated - not the calibres...

  • Geoffrey - 2010-12-27 22:31

    There is no such thing as a .380 calibre rifle. Perhaps .308? Or .338? Or .357? and WTF is "telescopic capabilities"?!? ANY rifle can have a telescope fitted fitted, so what? Typical journalistic beaurocratic BS twaddle!

      Totman - 2010-12-27 23:02

      No, Geoffrey. You are wrong. These reporters are clever. They know their guns. This is a 38 Special [Snubby] with a 10 inch barrel glued to it. [ .38 x 10 = 380 !!!! ]There you have it. Telescopic ability is when you adjust the barrel, when too far from target, [like a car aerial] until you are 5cm away and you can't miss It seams the specialist reporters are working over the holidays. We are blessed!!! LOL!!! You should have picked it up through various reports.

      Boetman - 2011-01-13 18:25

      I agree with Totman, how else do you get to.380? All of it is lot of BS. Who is figthing the pirates? The US, Russia and other world powers. I can see them routing 13 long rifles through Durban to help fight the good fight! Poor jounalism guys!!!!!!!!!

  • Taff2 - 2010-12-28 09:49

    Why didn't we seize previous consignment of arms bound for Zimbabwe?

      BONES - 2010-12-28 15:21

      Because jz is smaaking robert moegappie too mush!!!

  • niell.coetzee - 2010-12-28 12:42

    Maybe we should use these weaposn for the south african defense force, at least these seems to be in a working condition.

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