arious police units in the KwaZulu-Natal province embarked on a number of operations in preparation for the Easter long weekend holidays. These units conducted various operations targeted at eradicating the proliferation of illegal firearms in various areas within the province for the past week starting from 14 April 2019 to 20 April. Police also conducted roadblock operations, where searches were conducted for illegal firearms. A total of 25 illegal firearms including pistols and homemade firearms were recovered. 207 rounds of ammunition were also confiscated and 28 suspects were arrested for being in illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
All the recovered firearms will be subject to ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any other crimes in the province. We appeal to residents to report those that have illegal firearms irrespective of who they are as these illegal firearms are commonly used in serious crimes including stock theft, taxi and political related cases.