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Firearm and ammunition stash found at Zwide school

May 25, 2018
Firearm and ammunition stash found at Zwide school

Kwazakele police confiscated firearms that were discovered at a school in Zwide on Thursday.

"This followed after school cleaners made the discovery at an unused toilet facility at Ntyatyambo Primary School in Sir George Grey Street, Zwide, and alerted the SAPS," said police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"At 12:00, Kwazakele crime prevention unit members discovered the firearms and ammunition on their arrival at the school.

"Four firearms, which included two pistols and two shotguns, as well as 150 live rounds of ammunition of different calibres were found in various bags in the toilet facility, which were used for storage of rubbish at the school."

He added that the firearms will be analysed by forensic and ballistic experts to check if they were possibly used in previous crimes.

"One shotgun was identified as being stolen in June in 2017 in Worcester."

The Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie, applauded the swift response by the school staff and principal in alerting SAPS, and added "These firearms are now off the streets and out of the hands of the criminals, who placed them there. These fire arms were possibly used in committing crimes, and suspected also to be used in future crimes. Our community can rest assured that their environment is now safer and police are expecting to make arrests soon."

Any person with further information that could assist police, can contact the Serious Violent Crime Unit at 074 278 8899 or 08600 10111 or their closest police station.