On Sunday, 3 May 2015 Pietermaritzburg Public Order Police Task Team arrested two suspects, Loma Mikha Shezi (56) and Khiphelakhe Malembe (55) for possession of unlicensed firearms at Muden area near Greytown. It is alleged that members received information regarding the suspects who were in possession of unlicensed firearms in the area. Members proceeded to the said area on arrival they requested a permission to search the homestead. Upon searching a 9mm pistol with five rounds of live ammunition was found. They then proceeded to Malembe’s homestead where another search was conducted and a .38 special revolver with six live rounds of ammunition was recovered. Both accused appeared in the Greytown Magistrates’ Court and they were granted R1000 bail each and a case was remanded to 27 May 2015.
Members received information about thirteen firearms hidden in the area near the river. They proceeded to the said place and dug up. Three 303 rifles, two AK 47, one R5, one R1, one shotgun, three 9mm pistol, two revolvers and thirty two assorted live rounds of ammunition. This operation resulted in the recovery and seizure of a total of 15 firearms and 37 live rounds of ammunition. The firearms will be sent for ballistic testing to determine whether they were used in the commission of any crime in the country.
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni applauded the members for excellent job of arresting the suspects and recovery of unlicensed firearms. “We will continue to work hard till we get rid of all illegal firearms in our province,” she said.
Source : South African Police Service