Six suspects are expected to appear in various KwaZulu-Natal courts on Thursday after they were arrested for being in possession unlicensed firearms and suspected stole property, police said.
Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said three suspects, aged between 21 and 45, were arrested on Thursday after they were found in possession of a 9mm pistol, a revolver and 13 live rounds of ammunitions, during an intelligence-driven operation conducted by Ethekwini Outer South Cluster and Durban Public Order Police Task Team in various areas.
“The recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any other crimes in the country. They are appearing today in the Umbumbulu Magistrate’s Court.”
Meanwhile, in another incident on Tuesday, three suspects were arrested during an intelligence-driven operation in the Durban Central Business District (CBD) aimed at tracking down armed robbery suspects.
“Whilst patrolling along Lancers Road Market, members received information about an armed robbery suspect that was around Market area. They proceeded to the said place where they arrested a 27-year-old suspect who was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm with 23 live rounds of ammunition,” Gwala said.
Gwala said the suspect led the officers to uMlazi Y section, where a 43-year-old suspect was arrested and also found in possession of an unlicensed pistol.
“The intelligence-driven information ledd them further to Folweni area where they arrested a 42-year-old suspect who was found in possession of ammunition and suspected stolen property.”
Gwala added all the suspects were positively identified on CCTV footage for armed robberies committed in the Durban CBD, and would be charged for armed robbery, possession of unlicensed firearms, ammunitions and possession of suspected stolen property. They are expected to appear today [Thursday] in the Durban Magistrates’ Court.
KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner Major-General Bheki Langa praised the members for their operations that led to the recovery of the unlicensed firearms.
“Such operations will continue throughout the province to curb the robberies from being committed. The confiscation of firearms prevent the serious crimes from being committed and even the loss of life.”