Today 21 January 2015 at dawn, Umhlali K9 Unit and Metro police members conducted an operation in search of illegal firearms in Ntshongweni area and its surroundings aimed at making the area a crime-free zone. Police managed to arrest two men aged 22 and 35 and seized three firearms as well as 25 live rounds of ammunition.
Police pounced on a 22-year-old male in Sankontshe area and conducted a search. He was found with two unlicensed firearms with serial numbers filed off.
A 9mm pistol and a .38 Revolver with 15 live rounds of ammunition were found in his possession. He was then arrested and taken to Mpumalanga police station for detention.
He was charged for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. The suspect is appearing today, 21 January 2015 at Mpumalanga Magistrates’ Court. During the search, police also found a charge sheet in his possession. He was charged for house robbery that occurred on a farm in Cato Ridge in February 2014. Charges against him were withdrawn in Camperdown Magistrates’ Court.
They proceeded to Shongweni dam where a 35-year-old male was arrested after he was found with a shotgun with 10 live rounds of ammunition.
He failed to produce a firearm licence and he was subsequently taken to KwaNdengezi police station for detention. He will be charged for the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.
He will appear in Pinetown Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, 22 January 2015. All seized firearms will be sent to ballistics to ascertain if they have been used in the commission of any other crime in the country.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni highly praised the police for the arrests and seizure of firearms. “We hope that the confiscation of these firearms will assist us to solve murder cases that we are investigating,” she said.
Media Statement from KwaZulu Natal Media Centre
Source : South African Police Service