A 41-year-old Durban based gun shop owner was arrested yesterday when he was linked to an illegal supply of firearms.
SAPS spokesperson Zinzi Hani stated that it is believed that the firearm dealer was supplying gangs in the Western Cape with firearms.
SAPS reported that the Hawks’ National Bureau for Illegal Firearms Control and Priority Violent Crime (NBIFCPVC) team from Cape Town together with Special Task Force team in Durban, Crime Intelligence and Metro Police Durban traced and arrested the man.
He faces charges that include murder, attempted murder, fraud, contravention of the Firearm control Act 60 of 2000 and contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act 121 of 1998.
The team led by the Hawks seized 17 illegal firearms in George in transit from Johannesburg. A deeper investigation revealed that the firearms were allegedly intended to be delivered to Cape Town based criminal gangs.
After searching his place of business the team seized another 44 firearms.
“A further forensic examination allegedly linked some of the firearms to criminal activities ranging from murder and attempted murder,” reported Hani.
The gun shop owner will appear in the Worcester Magistrate Court on 15 February 2021.