KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane has confirmed that 94 suspects were arrested yesterday (August 21) for an “illegal gathering” in the Blood River area in KwaZulu-Natal.
He said, “40 firearms were recovered and will be sent for ballistic tests to check if they were used in any other crimes in the province”.
He said the suspects would appear in court soon. He was not willing to give further details on the matter for the moment.
It was earlier reported that the bust was of more than 50 people involved in a syndicate.
This followed a tweet by @crimeairnetwork which stated that 56 suspects were arrested along with images of the cuffed suspects lying on the ground as well as the recovered weapons.
The Vryheid Herald is now reporting that it is believed that in response to the arrests in Kingsley yesterday, taxis are currently gathering in their hundreds in Utrecht and near the Madadeni intersection. This is according to an eye-witness who travelled through the area today.
7.24am on August 22, 2016:
News broke on Monday morning on social media of a huge arrest of a crime syndicate allegedly operating out of Blood River, KwaZulu-Natal.
According to early reports and photographs, the SA Police Service Tactical Response Team, Public Order Police and Provincial Task Team seized 40 pistols and four rifles and arrested 56 alleged criminals.
Details of the case at this stage are not available, but we will bring them to you through the course of the day. We are contacting the police for comment.
SAPS TRT, POPS & PROVINCIAL TASK TEAM BUST SYNDICATE : BLOOD RIVER KZN. 40 PISTOLS, 4 RIFLES SEIZED. 56 ARRESTED. pic.twitter.com/IRZWV7CL8k
— REZA (@crimeairnetwork) August 22, 2016
The police are being roundly praised on Twitter for the arrest.
more grease to the @SAPoliceService team elbow. Great job done. Please don't stop the good work.
— Labo De Gaga (@Labo12345) August 22, 2016
Holy Moly ! That's absolutely stupendous ! @SAPoliceService
— Avani Jardin (@AvaniJardin) August 22, 2016