Police want people to hand in illegal guns during the amnesty period

Police want people to hand in illegal guns during the amnesty period

- The police are urging people to turn in their illegal weapons while the firearm amnesty period is valid

- The amnesty window was extended until the end of January 2021 following approval from Parliament

- The previous firearm amnesty programme was cut short due to Covid-19

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KwaZulu-Natal police have urged members of the public to make the most of the firearm amnesty window while it is open to hand in their illegal weapons.

This followed the arrest of a suspect who was allegedly in possession of illegal weapons. The arrest was made near Nkandla in Ekhombe.

The amnesty period will expire at the end of January next year. Police spokesperson Jay Naicker has said the following:

“During the operation, police officers seized seven firearms including three automatic rifles. A 39-year-old suspect was arrested for being in illegal possession of firearms and ammunition after he was found with two AK47 rifles, one R5 rifle, two 9mm pistols, one revolver, one 303 rifle and 275 rounds of ammunition. We once again appealing to members of the public to make use of the amnesty period to hand in illegal firearms.”

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The amnesty period began on 1 August after Parliament approved the new amnesty initiative after the previous one was scrapped due to Covid-19.

Police want people to hand in illegal guns during the amnesty period
Bheki Cele had held a press conference in May explaining that the firearm amnesty had been set aside due to Covid-19. Photo credit: Facebook/South African Police Service
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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Mpumalanga police were left in an awkward position after it emerged that the Badplaas police station had been held up by three men on Saturday.

A manhunt has since been launched after the suspects managed to flee with firearms after gaining access to the station by cutting the fence at the back of the station.

A Hawks spokesperson explained that the incident had taken place after midnight while only five officers had been on duty, just two of the on-duty men had been present.

In other news, Crooks bit off more than they could chew during an attempt to steal personal protective equipment from OR Tambo International Airport.

The failed heist saw the cargo area at the airport targeted, leading to a shootout and high-speed pursuit.

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Police spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili explained that seven suspects had been arrested, five firearms recovered and two suspects shot dead during the ordeal.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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