A multi-disciplinary approach by police from Ethekwini Outer South Cluster and the National Intervention Unit to prevent criminal activities and eradicate the proliferation of unlicensed firearms at Glebelands Hostel, Fakazi and Mashiwase areas yielded progressive results in our mission to curb the scourge of crime at the hostel.
On Sunday night, operations were conducted which resulted in the arrest of four suspects and the confiscation of a pistol and an assortment of live rounds of ammunition. One of the suspects was arrested at Glebelands Hostel for murder and business robbery while the other three were found with a firearm and live rounds of ammunition. The suspects were charged and are appearing at the Umlazi Magistrates Court today. Further investigations will be conducted to ascertain if these suspects can be linked to other pending cases and the firearm will be subjected to ballistic tests to ascertain if it was used in the commission of any crime in the hostel or any other area in the country.
The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa commended the police officers for conducting the operation and recovering the firearm. “We will continue with operations at the hostel and in the Umlazi area as a whole until all the citizens in that area feel safe. We continue to urge the community to report those possessing unlicensed firearms and not to protect those that commit crime,” he said.
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