A 37-year-old woman and her 20-year-old son were arrested at their homestead in Mistake Farm close to Umzinto on Monday afternoon, 9 June, for being in possession of, inter alia, firearms and ammunition. They are due to appear in the Umzinto Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 11 June. Police seized an R5 rifle with three magazines, a 9mm Norinco pistol loaded with nine live rounds of ammunition, two bullet proof vests, two police reflective jackets, a crime scene expert jacket, a can of teargas, a can of photographic spray, a miner’s headlamp, a pair of handcuffs, 38 shotgun rounds and 285 R5 rounds of ammunition.
Umzinto SAPS Detective Service Team gathered intelligence regarding a firearm that had been used in an attempted murder case that they were investigating and raided the suspects’ homestead. A search of the rondavel occupied by the son resulted in police finding the shotgun ammunition and the police equipment. Thereafter, police carried out a search of the main house which is occupied by his parents and they discovered a hole in the concrete floor of the bedroom beneath the bed. It was boarded up to conceal the 285 live rounds of R5 ammunition. A search in a disused deep freezer standing alongside the passage wall yielded the R5 rifle with three magazines and the Norinco pistol which was loaded with nine rounds of ammunition. The serial numbers of both guns had been ground off.
The mother was placed under arrest and on their way out, the detectives found the son in a taxi and placed him under arrest as well. On Tuesday morning, the arrested woman’s husband, who is in his forties, handed himself over to the Umzinto police. He will also be appearing in court with his wife and son. Meanwhile, investigations revealed that the police equipment, other than the firearms and ammunition, may have been stolen from a SAPS police vehicle that had been broken into in 2012 in Durban. Police officers from Pretoria were in Durban on official police duty when their state vehicle was broken into and the equipment stolen. The firearms will be forwarded to the SAPS Forensic department for ballistics tests to determine if they had been used to commit any other offences.
The Provincial Commissioner of KwaZulu-Natal, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the members for the investigation that led to the recovery of the firearms and equipment. “We will be investigating if these firearms were used by these suspects to commit any other crimes and if so, further charges will be added,” she said. – SA Police Media Service