Four arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms

In an effort to curb proliferation of firearms in Mthatha, the Cluster Commander established a Firearm Task Team that comprises of Crime Intelligence, Flying Squad, National Intervention Unit, K9 and Mounted Unit. The team conducted an operation since the 13 September 2018 and it yielded good results.

Two men 23 and 31 years were arrested at Chris Hani Park in Mthatha on the the 13 September at about 01h45. The suspects were found in possession of a Shotgun and 75 pockets of dagga.

On the same day at about 04h00, a 52-year-old man was arrested for possession of a 9mm pistol, 3 magazines and 85 rounds of ammunition. He was arrested at Bhongweni locality in Mthatha.

They further proceeded to Hillcrest at about 06h00 and arrested two men with ages 53 and 60 years for possession of a Shotgun and 5 shells.

Yesterday the 13 September 2018, the team arrested a 23 and 51 year old man for possession of a shotgun in Qumbu at about 16h00. They were arrested when their white Mercedes Benz was searched which was also confiscated.

All the shotguns are believed to have been robbed from Fidelity Security Guards during a cash heist in Mt Frere on the 03 September 2018.

All suspects will appear before Mthatha and Qumbu Magistrate courts soon facing charges of possession of unlicensed firearms, unlawful possession of ammunition and possession and dealing in dagga.

The firearms will be sent for ballistic testing.

“Let’s confiscate all these illegal firearms and save people’s lives. I applaud you for this confiscation and arrest,” commented the Acting Cluster Commander Brigadier Nomawethu Makonza.

Source: South African Police Service