Port Elizabeth - Four suspects have been arrested in rural Eastern Cape as part of Operation Stabilisation which aims to fight the proliferation of illegal weapons, police said on Tuesday.
Police spokesperson, Captain Khaya Tonjeni said the operation also focused on violent stock theft robberies prevalent in rural towns of the former Transkei which include Bityi, Bhaziya in Mthatha, Qumbu and Libode.
Tonjeni said over the last two days, four men aged between 33 and 65, were arrested and seven illegal firearms including an R5 assault rifle, nine magazines, 78 rounds of ammunition and two holsters confiscated
The stabilisation team comprised of Mdantsane and East London Tactical Response Team (TRT), Provincial Operation Response Services (ORS), Local Criminal Records Centre (LCRC) and Public Order Police (POPS).
Tonjeni said on Monday the team embarked on a search for illegal firearms at Blackhill, Mahlungulu and Qumbu CBD resulting in the arrest of a 38-year-old male suspect for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.