KZN po­lice strike back

The Times (South Africa) - - News - By JEFF WICKS

● Six men thought to be linked to a spate of po­lit­i­cal killings in KwaZulu-Natal were ar­rested on Tues­day night as in­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tives and tac­ti­cal po­lice struck back.

Of­fi­cers re­cov­ered a cache of weapons‚ in­clud­ing an as­sault ri­fle‚ in the se­ries of raids. The prov­ince has been plagued by high-pro­file po­lit­i­cal as­sas­si­na­tions‚ prompt­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of a com­mis­sion of in­quiry.

Po­lice spokesman Lieu­tenant-Colonel Thu­lani Zwane hailed the covert op­er­a­tion as a suc­cess.

“Suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tions last night at Umlazi and Dududu led to the re­cov­ery of eight firearms with am­mu­ni­tion, as well as the ar­rest of six sus­pects‚” he said.

“The sus­pects were ar­rested fol­low­ing in­tel­li­gence of their in­volve­ment in po­lit­i­cally re­lated vi­o­lence‚ taxi-re­lated vi­o­lence and armed rob­beries.”

Zwane said five peo­ple were ar­rested in Umlazi and a sixth in Dududu.

“All six sus­pects were charged for pos­ses­sion of un­li­censed firearms and am­mu­ni­tion‚” he said.

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