/ 11 February 2005

Arms, ammunition cache found in the Transkei

A large cache of weapons and ammunition was found by the police’s national intervention unit in Mqanduli, Transkei on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Sipho Sizani said the bust followed information about a 34-year-old ex-soldier, who was training people to use firearms.

The property was raided, and police found unlicensed 9mm pistols, 402 live rounds of 9mm ammunition and 283 empty 9mm cartridges.

Two hundred and five live rounds meant for an R5 or R4 rifle were found, along with 115 empty cartridges and 40 blank R5 rounds. Sizani said police also found 18 R1 tracer rounds. They found four bullet-proof vests, ammunition for a 12-bore shotgun, four used stun grenades and ”green smoke”, that is used for camouflage purposes.

Police have arrested the 73-year-old father of the suspect who is still at large.

The father will appear in the Mqanduli Magistrate’s Court in connection with the discovery. – Sapa