In the early hours of Friday morning 19 January 2018, an intelligence driven operation was conducted by Durban Public Order Police Unit and Pietermaritzburg Flying Squad members that led to the arrest and the recovery of firearms.
Police pounced on a suspect (44) at his homestead in Phumekhaya Road, Isithumba Reserve in the Inchanga policing precinct. The suspect was found in possession of a revolver, AK47 rifle and R4 rifle, six rifle magazines with an assortment of 387 rounds of ammunition.
Extensive police investigation revealed that the suspect is renting out the firearms and ammunition to criminals in the province.
The firearms will be sent for ballistic testing to ascertain if they were used in the commission of crime in the country as the investigation is continuing. He was charged for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
He appeared at the Camperdown Magistrates’ Court where he was remanded in custody until 22 January 2018.
The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Police Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa praised the members for the arrest and the seizure of unlicensed firearms.
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