News: Illegal firearm operations gain momentum

DURBAN- KwaZulu-Natal police have stepped up operations aimed at curbing the proliferation of illegal firearms in the province. During the month of August a total of 205 illegal firearms and 1534 rounds of ammunition were seized during various operations. Police have arrested 226 people who were found in illegal possession of firearms during the same period.

The firearms recovered included 171 pistols and revolvers; 12 shotguns and 10 rifles. Following the launch of stabilisation operations in the province, a greater focus is directed towards operations aimed at removing illegal firearms from our streets. The reduction in the number of illegal firearms on our communities will have a positive impact on the number of serious and violent crimes that are reported in the province. These firearms are used in inter-group conflicts; taxi violence; armed robberies and stock theft.

We must applaud ordinary citizens that have contributed to the successes over the past month, by informing police of people who are in illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. We once again appeal members of the community to continue working with the police and sharing information with regards to illegal firearms in their neighbourhoods. Those that wish to remain anonymous can also report illegal activities to Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Source: South African Police Service