149 suspects arrested for possession of illegal firearms

Police throughout the province conducted numerous operations aimed at seizing illegal firearms, recently.

In addition to confiscating 132 firearms with an assortment of 629 rounds of ammunition, police officers also arrested a total of 149 suspects, reaffirming their dedication in the fight against crime.

Provincial police spokeswoman, Cpt Nqobile Gwala said that the operations were conducted in 17 clusters.

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“The seized firearms include 122 pistols, three high caliber firearms, four shotguns and three homemade firearms as well. All arrested suspects appeared in various magistrate’s courts throughout the province,” she said.

The firearms will also be subjected to ballistic testing to determine whether they were used in the commission of crime in the country.

“These operations were aimed at eradicating the proliferation of illegal firearms and to make the province more safer for our citizens,” said acting provincial commissioner, Maj Gen Bheki Langa.

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He urged communities to report all those, in possession of illegal firearms, to the police.

“The removal of illegal firearms will prevent the unnecessary loss of lives as well as other serious and violent crimes such as taxi-related attacks, stock thefts and faction fights,” he concluded.

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