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Successful Crackdown on Illegal Firearms in Gauteng

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Successful Crackdown on Illegal Firearms in Gauteng

In the ongoing battle against the proliferation of illegal firearms, Gauteng police have achieved remarkable success over the past two weeks, with the recovery of over 400 firearms and various types of ammunition.

These achievements are the result of diligent daily crime prevention efforts carried out by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and intelligence-driven operations, including the highly effective Operation Shanela which takes place on a weekly basis.


Last Wednesday, a joint operation involving members of the Ekurhuleni District Crime Intelligence, Ekurhuleni District Trio Task Team, Bad Boys Security, and Blue Hawk Tactical, yielded fruitful results. Acting on information about illegal miners who were allegedly in possession of an unlicensed firearm in the Primrose area, the team located and apprehended four suspects.

Upon their arrest, police discovered a rifle, along with ammunition and 13 bags of gold-bearing soil in their possession. All four individuals were promptly charged with the possession of unlicensed firearms, as well as possession of gold-bearing material. Additionally, one of the suspects attempted to bribe the police officers, resulting in an additional bribery charge.

In a separate incident within the Ekurhuleni district, members of the Putfontein unit successfully recovered a firearm with a filed-off serial number.

Acting on valuable information received, the team apprehended two suspects who were found in possession of the unlicensed firearm. Both individuals were immediately charged.

Meanwhile, in the Johannesburg District, the collaborative efforts of the Soweto Crime Intelligence and Soweto Flying Squad led to the foiling of a planned business robbery in the Diepkloof area. Acting swiftly on intelligence provided, the team located and stopped the identified getaway vehicle. Upon searching the vehicle and its occupants, police discovered a revolver with a filed-off serial number, as well as ammunition.


The three suspects were promptly arrested on charges related to the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. The vehicle, suspected to have been used in the commission of crimes, was also seized by the police.

The SAPS emphasizes that the majority of firearm recoveries occur during routine patrols, vehicle checkpoints, and crime prevention operations taking place throughout the province. Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, expressed his gratitude towards the law enforcement members and private security companies involved in the Eyes and Ears E(2) project.

He praised their quick response to community tip-offs and intelligence information, which have played a significant role in the recent successes.


General Mawela believes that these recoveries of firearms and ammunition prove the efficacy of partnership policing and highlight the importance of collaborative efforts in the fight against crime. He asserted that together, the community and law enforcement can make Gauteng a safer place.




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