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Illegal firearms taken off the streets in Bityi over the weekend

Jun 19, 2019
Illegal firearms taken off the streets in Bityi over the weekend

Bityi - In an effort to fight stock theft and house robberies around Bityi, the SAPS is conducting operations that amongst others concentrates on illegal firearms, stock theft and wanted suspects.

"Five suspects, with their ages ranging between 27 and 47 years, were arrested by the Provincial TRT around Bityi during the weekend," said police spokesperson, Captain Nozuko Handile.

"In Sihlabeni locality, a suspect was found in possession of a 9mm pistol with eight rounds of ammunition; in Xhongora locality, a suspect was found with a 9mm Norinco pistol with eight rounds; in Xhongora a man was found in possession of a Z88 9mm Parabellum pistol with 15 rounds."

Capt Handile said that in Mqhekezweni locality, another man was found in possession of a Wrap 401 9mm pistol with eight rounds. 

Three more pistols were taken in for enquiries during the vehicle check points and will also be sent for ballistic testing to ascertain whether they cannot be linked to other crime incidents.

Acting SAPS Cluster Commander, Brigadier Mandlakhe Twala, applauded the team and thanked the communities for assisting police with information.

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