A Durban-based firearms dealer has been arrested and 61 guns were seized after he was allegedly linked to the illegal supply of guns to gangs in the Western Cape.
The 41-year-old was arrested on Thursday in a joint operation by the National Bureau for Illegal Firearms Control, and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI, or Hawks) in Cape Town, together with Durban law enforcement.
"The Hawks-led team seized 17 illegal firearms in George, in transit from Johannesburg, and further investigation revealed that those firearms were allegedly destined for Cape Town's criminal gangs. A further 44 firearms were seized from his business during the investigation process," Hawks spokesperson Zinzi Hani said.
The man faces several charges, including murder, attempted murder, fraud, as well as the contravention of the Firearms Control Act.
"A further forensic examination allegedly linked some of the firearms to criminal activities ranging from murder to attempted murder," Hani said.
The man was expected to appear in the Worcester Magistrate's Court on Monday.