Are the police clamping down on gun violence in KwaZulu-Natal?
This follows police officers from the Public Order Police in KwaZulu-Natal, the Tactical Response team and the Provincial Task Team joining forces from January 4 to January 24.
During this time, the three units focused on eradicating the proliferation of firearms in KZN, looking specifically at the policing areas within the Uthukela, Umzinyathi and King Cetshwayo Clusters.
Determined to succeed, the units arrested several suspects in Ezakheni, Amangwe, Ladysmith Upper Tugela, Estcourt, Weneen, Msinga, Matimatolo, Kranskop Greytown, Esikhaleni, Empangeni Richards Bay and Nkandla.
Their crimes ranging from murder, kidnapping, attempted murder, robbery, housebreaking and theft, malicious damage to property, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, possession of drugs, as well as possession of suspected stolen property.
Confiscating a staggering 64 guns and 385 rounds of ammunition, the operation is a resounding success. These weapons include rifles, shotguns, pistols and revolvers. Some of the weapons were found on the suspects’ possession, while other firearms were found abandoned.
The three units success does not end there, following them recovering eight stolen motor vehicles and more than five kilograms of cocaine. The suspects are now facing the consequences of their actions and will appear in various magistrates’ courts.
The firearms will be subject for ballistic testing. This is to determine if they can be linked to other crimes in the country.
Well done to the officers for taking a sizeable chunk out of crime, in the pursuit of justice.