The public can surrender illegally held guns and ammunition to the police, no questions asked, during a firearms amnesty until January 31 next year, says Mitchell’s Plain police chief, Brigadier Cass Goolam.
Thirty-eight guns were surrendered at Mitchell’s Plain police station during a previous six-month amnesty.
Most guns were handed in as a result of deceased estates or lapsed licences, Brigadier Goolam said. “People also have a tendency to start the process near the expiry date of the amnesty period.”
According to SAPS, more than 46 714 firearms were surrendered across the country between December last year and May this year.
There will be no indemnity granted for firearms used to commit any crime.
Mitchell’s Plain police are investigating a case of murder after a man was found with a
single gunshot wound to the head.
His body was found in
Sycamore Street, Eastridge, on Wednesday August 19, at 7.30pm.
It is alleged that the man was walking with a relative when unknown men opened fire.
Mitchell’s Plain police spokesman, Captain Ian Williams, said the man was not a gangster.
Police found five cartridge casings and a 9mm round at the scene.
Anyone with information can call investigating officer, Detective Constable Jesse Philips, from Mitchell’s Plain SAPS’ Serious and Violent Crimes Unit, at 082 777 8076.
Mitchell’s Plain police’s Crime Prevention Unit confiscated a Norinco Star firearm and 22 loose rounds of ammunition from a house in Netball Crescent, Beacon Valley, on Tuesday August 18, at about 5.30am.
A man, 40, was arrested and appeared in Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court last week on charges of being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.