Fri. Jan 22nd, 2021

Firearms, ammunition and suspected diamonds found in Vanderbijlpark

One suspect has been arrested after police found firearms and what appeared to be diamonds in Vanderbijlpark in Gauteng on Monday.

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An intelligence-driven operation, led by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), recovered four unlicensed firearms, ammunition and what appeared to be diamonds, in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng on Monday. 

Police said one suspect has since been arrested. 

SUSPECTED DIAMONDS RECOVERED

On arrival, police officers also recovered about 50 stones that they say could be diamonds. 

“The stones are still to be tested,” said Captain Kay Makhubele. 

“The firearms will be sent to Forensic Science Laboratory for ballistic testing, to determine if the firearms might have been used to commit other crimes,” added Makhubele. 

The provincial management has commended the good work done by the team and urged the community to continue to work with the police to report the crime.

The arrested suspect will be appearing in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court soon.

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FIREARM AMNESTY 

On Friday 22 May, Police Minister Bheki Cele provided an update on firearm amnesty. 

“With the Firearm Amnesty period about to expire at the end of this month [May], we have been receiving a number of enquiries on whether or not this will be extended. We have written to Parliament to request for an extension after noticing the sharp decline in voluntary handovers during the lockdown,” he said. 

Since December, firearms and ammunition were handed in, in their thousands, and in April, only 385 were handed in.

Cele said the decline could be due to the lockdown:

“We believe this sharp decline since April may be because of the lockdown which has limited the movement of people, as the handing over of firearms is not necessarily categorised as an essential service,” he said. 

According to Cele, there have been over 16 000 surrendered firearms thus far, including 795 estate firearms, as well as over 140 000 ammunition handed in.

“It is important to always remember that the firearm amnesty is one of our many interventions to curb the proliferation of illegal firearms off our streets, as well as those unwanted firearms. This will help us bring down serious and violent crimes that continue to terrorise our communities,” added Cele. 

Although the lockdown has impacted the handing in of guns, Cele said citizens must continue to stay at home and take safety precautions.

“Remember the virus has no feet. We as human beings are its mode of transport. So to make sure the virus stays put, let us stay home, exercise maximum precaution, and save South Africa,” he added. 

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