Final month, the KwaZulu-Natal police took over 739 unlawful firearms, after police stations throughout the province carried out operations.
KZN police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele mentioned:
“Police additionally seized 5 132 rounds of ammunition throughout the identical interval. Among the many firearms recovered had been 603 pistols, 15 home-made firearms, 5 semi-automatic firearms, 80 rifles and 36 shotguns.”
“Firearm elements corresponding to barrels, magazines, slides, silencers and different elements had been additionally seized.”
Appearing KZN provincial police commissioner Main-Common Thulani Gonya mentioned he was happy with how the police had been capable of get well a number of firearms.
“We as soon as once more want to remind residents that we’re within the midst of a firearm amnesty. The firearm amnesty gives for indemnity in opposition to prosecution for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. There’ll, nonetheless, be no indemnity for firearms used to commit crime corresponding to homicide, theft, hijacking and so forth,” mentioned Gonya.
KZN violence monitor – Mary de Haas mentioned she has welcomed all of the weapons taken from the streets, however needs extra to be carried out.
“There ought to be oversight testing to test if these weapons have been concerned in crime earlier than being destroyed.”
“It’s additionally vital that through the seizing of those weapons they take folks in and cost them,” De Haas mentioned.
She additional mentioned the police ought to dig extra of their search, in order to know the supply of the weapons; in the event that they had been stolen or unlicensed and who was supplying. Clearly, a number of weapons went lacking from the police.