DURBAN – Police in KwaZulu Natal arrested six suspects and seized eight firearms with ammunition in an operation which they will aid in a clamp down of political murders in that province.
KwaZulu has been a hotbed of political killings in the country.
Several of the ANC's councillors and members have recently been targeted.
The South African Police Services said the suspects were arrested on Tuesday night at Umlazi and Dududu following intelligence of their involvement in politically related violence, taxi related violence and armed robberies.
During police operations, five unlicensed firearms including a R5 rifle were recovered in Umlazi resulting in the arrest of five suspects.
A further two firearms were recovered in Dududu with one suspect being arrested there.
“These arrests are very significant especially in light of the current situation in the province,” said acting provincial commissioner Major General Bheki Langa.
“It is very important that these weapons have been seized and that these suspects have been arrested. Our detectives will be working around the clock to link these individuals to various crimes within the province.”
Police said all six suspects were charged for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
Five of them are expected to appear in the Umlazi Magistrates Court on Thursday while the sixth suspect will appear in the Dududu Magistrates Court on Friday.