For the past two months, more than 75 firearms were found in Greytown Cluster including Muden, Msinga and Kranskop areas.
Members of National Intervention Unit, Task Force, Crime Intelligence, Public Order Police and Greytown police worked tirelessly raiding homes and recovering these firearms. More than 35 suspects had been arrested and appeared in various magistrates’ courts.
The SAPS has embarked on multidisciplinary operations under the banner of Operation Fiyela. Operations have been launched across the province with hundreds of arrests for various offences taking place.
These multi-disciplinary operations which include various SAPS disciplines, SANDF, Department of Home Affairs and Metro Police aims to clean up our streets of criminal elements and make our neighbourhoods safer. We are targeting criminal dens for dealing or possession of drugs.
Security forces will also target those that deal in alcohol illegally whilst specific operations will ensure people will be arrested for being in illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
Security forces will also arrest those that are in the country illegally and cannot provide them with the necessary documentation. Large quantities of drugs, alcohol, dangerous weapons, stolen goods and counterfeit goods have already been seized by police.
I want to congratulate security forces involved in these operations for their no nonsense approach in targeting crime hotspots. “In the days ahead, Operation Fiyela will be going into other areas as our intelligence dictates and we will be cleaning up identified trouble areas.
Members of our Provincial Joints Structures are fully involved in all operations and we enjoy the support of all government departments that form part of this body. There will be a lot of dust as we hit the ground and we want to assure our communities that criminals will be feeling the heat.”
On Friday morning the National Intervention Unit members deployed in the Greytown area were conducting investigations into illegal firearms which led them to a homestead in the area. The homestead was secured and searched by police officers. A total of 24 firearms were recovered at the homestead.
20 of these firearms were unlicensed and included AK47 rifles, 303 rifles, R1 rifles and 9mm pistols. A total of 28 suspects were arrested and will be charged for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. They will appear in the Greytown Magistrates Court on Monday, 11 May 2015 for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
On 3 May 2015 the Pietermaritzburg Public Order Police recovered a total of 15 unlicensed firearms in the same area. Altogether more than 75 firearms were recovered in various operations in the GreytownMuden area and a total of 35 suspects have been arrested.
Five Danisa family members were attacked and shot in Dunnhauser area near Newcastle whilst on their way to Johannesburg. Four of them were critically injured and one died at the scene. One Zulu family member was arrested. On Saturday, 2 May 2015, Zulu family members were attacked in their Muden home. One family member was fatally shot and two licensed firearms were taken during the attack. Police are investigating the link between the two incidents.
“These operations are conducted under the banner of Operation Fiyela and are part of our strategy to secure various communities across the province that is plagued by unrest and crime.
Police in KwaZulu-Natal have conducted numerous operations focused at removing illegal firearms and we have had great successes. These firearms would have been used to rob and maim innocent members of the community had police not removed them from our streets,” said the Provincial Commissioner.
Source : South African Police Service