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2 Week police operation recovers hundreds of firearms, Gauteng

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Gauteng remains resolute in recovering unlicensed firearm and ammunition across the province. Firearms are known to be the weapon of choice in the commission of serious and violent.

It is on this basis that Provincial Commissioner of police in Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela commended his members on the latest operational successes achieved.

Police in Gauteng in partnership with other law enforcement agencies, Eyes and Ears Initiative (E2) partners and other relevant stakeholders have collectively recovered nearly 300 firearms and 4000 rounds of ammunition over a period of two weeks (15 February to 1 March 2023).

Furthermore, over 130 suspects were arrested for possession of unlicensed firearm and/or ammunition.

This is as a result of relentless crime fighting efforts such as SAPS Gauteng’s renowned multi-disciplinary Operation O Kae Molao, routine crime prevention patrols as well as stop-and-searches. Unlicensed firearms and ammunition are also recovered through community tip-offs.

“Week after week we recover hundreds of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, this is all thanks to the concerted efforts of our members and crime fighting partners. Community members can rest assured that SAPS in Gauteng continue to strive towards creating a safe and secure environment for all its citizens and visitors,” said Lt Gen Mawela.

All the recovered firearms will be subjected to a ballistic test to determine whether it can be linked to other serious crime committed.

Community members are urged to report crime to their nearest police station, SAPS Crime Stop 08600 1011 or alternatively leave and anonymous tip-off on the MySAPS App.

SAPS Newsroom

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