Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal police seized 154 firearms across the province between February 1 to 28.

Police also seized 1 159 rounds of ammunition in different operations.

Captain Nqobile Gwala, police spokesperson said 161 people were arrested during operations conducted in Ekombe, Upper Tugela, Msinga, Hluhluwe, Highflats, Hammersdale Umlazi, KwaMashu, Phoenix and other areas.

“Recovered firearms include 136 pistols, 14 high caliber firearms and four homemade firearms. All arrested suspects appeared in different magistrates’ courts. The firearms have been sent for ballistic testing to determine whether they were used in the commission of crime in the country or can assist in solving pending cases,” said Gwala.

Major General Bheki Langa, KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner said: “These operations aimed at eradicating the proliferation of unlicensed firearms will continue to make the province more safer for the citizens. We urge the community to report all those in possession of unlicensed firearms within their communities to the police, since confiscation of those firearms will save unnecessary loss of lives as well as other serious and violent crimes.”

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