Tue, 28 Sep 2021

  • More than 50 unlicensed firearms were seized during a police crackdown in Gauteng this week.
  • They include a gun a man pointed at his ex-wife while trying to force her into a car.
  • Four AK47s and three R5s were among the weapons found.

Gauteng police seized more than 50 unlicensed firearms during operations this week.

They include four AK47s, three R5s and a gun a man pointed at his ex-wife while trying to force her into a car.

Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said 680 rounds of ammunition were also confiscated as police intercepted criminals or followed up on intelligence and tip-offs.

In the case of the man pointing a gun at his ex-wife, she managed to escape and alert the police.

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"Police searched and arrested the suspect in Bophelong, Sedibeng after he was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm," said Masondo.

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In another case, police officers from Tshwane District, Tshwane Central Crime Intelligence and Mamelodi East Crime Prevention acted on information about a person who had an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in Mamelodi East.

On arrival at the address, they found the 32-year-old man with an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, and he was arrested.

On Wednesday, police arrested a Fortuner driver who did not stop at a roadblock in Eikenhof.

Police found 49 live rifle rounds in the car, and the man was arrested and charged with possession of unlicensed ammunition.

A total of 1 328 suspects were arrested in operations in Gauteng over the weekend on a range of accusations from murder, rape, operating a shop without valid documents, possession of dagga, dealing in drugs, contravening the Disaster Management Act, driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal immigration, business robberies, house robberies and theft.

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They were commanded by Gauteng acting police commissioner Major-General Tommy Mthombeni.

"These arrests and confiscations are a clear indication that the criminals cannot do as they wish in our province and that together with other law enforcement agencies, we will continue to squeeze the space for the criminals."

Source: News24

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