Operations by Pietermaritzburg Public Order Police have made it clear that, in the homesteads in Greytown and its surrounding areas, many people are armed with illegal firearms. Public Order Police was deployed in these areas to eradicate the proliferation of firearms since their deployment many firearms have been recovered and seized. Pietermaritzburg Public Order Police and Msinga police conducted an operation last night at Msinga and Ingome area which led to arrest of three men and the recovery of five firearms as well as a total of forty-nine live rounds of ammunition.
Today at about 01:00 police proceeded to KwaMbhono area, Msinga where they searched a man and found him in possession of two assault rifles, R1 and 303 in his possession. A 59-year-old suspect was arrested and charged for possession of unlicensed firearms. He was taken to Msinga police station for detention. Police proceeded to Ingome area, they seized a pistol and 20 live rounds of ammunition from a 35-year-old male who was then arrested. At Engcakini area, police arrested a 46-year-old male after he was found with a revolver and 29 live rounds of ammunition in his possession. Both men were taken to Greytown police station for detention and charged for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
Police searched another homestead at Msinga and found a 303 rifle which was abandoned in a vacant house. All arrested suspects are appearing today at Msinga and Greytown Magistrates’ Courts. Serial numbers from the seized firearms were filed off and they will be sent for ballistic testing to ascertain if they were used in the commission of any crime in the country.
“These operations will continue as long as POP are deployed and will continue to work with police station members to disarm criminals in the area and make Greytown with its surroundings a gun-free zone. We are doing everything in our powers to prevent the killings and other criminal activities in the area,” said Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni.
Source : South African Police Service