Mzikawulahlwa Zulu (62) from Ekombe area near Nkandla appeared in the Ekombe Magistrate’s Court facing charges relating to an unlicensed firearms and ammunition. He was remanded in custody until 2 April 2015 for further investigation.
On 28 March 2015, Ekombe SAPS members embarked on an operation Paseka raiding illegal firearms in the area. They followed up information about a suspect who is in possession of five illegal firearms at Samungu area, Ekombe. The members proceeded to the identified homestead where they met the home owner and introduced themselves as police officers. The homestead was searched and the members found five unlicensed firearms hidden in a kist box. These firearms includes an AK47 rifle, 303 rifle, shotgun and two 9mm pistols with 92 live rounds. The suspect was arrested and charged with possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
Since August 2014 to date, the members recovered a total of 17 illegal firearms at Ekombe and the surroundings and arrested 13 suspects. All recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any other crimes in the province.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the good work by these members who went the extra mile in making sure that our citizens are safe and protected by removing illegal firearms from the criminals. “I also thank the community for their support in fighting crime by providing valuable information to the police that led to the recovery of such firearms. These firearms are used to kill our own people and we need to get rid of them,” said Lt General Ngobeni.
Source : South African Police Service