VEREENIGING - The South African Police Services (SAPS) today destroyed about 30 000 illegal firearms through a melting process at ArcelorMittal in Vereeniging. The SAPS today announced that they would be melting the deadly weapons to ensure that even after they were removed from the possession of violent criminals, they will do no more harm to South African citizens. The destruction process got underway this morning at an ArcelorMittal steel factory in Vereeniging, with Major General Dimakatso Ndaba and Brigadier Bopape overseeing the operation. The illegal guns and ammunition were seized by police through intelligence-driven operations and tip-offs. National police spokesperson, Colonel Brenda Muridili, said more than 52 000 firearms had been destroyed in the last financial year. She said over 33 000 firearms have now been destroyed for the first half of this financial year. According to Muridili, the latest destruction included 30 913 handguns, 1 452 rifles and 894 shotguns as well as 725 firearm parts. She said the SAPS is appealing to members of communities, especially those areas that are plagued by serious and violent crimes committed with firearms, to report any knowledge of such perpetrators and firearms to the SAPS Crime Stop number 086 00 10111 or to send tip-offs on the MySAPS App. Muridili said callers may remain anonymous and all information received will be treated with confidentiality.
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