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Gauteng police destroy seized weapons

Gauteng police on Tuesday destroyed illegal firearms that were confiscated from the public.

31 thousand knives and more than 3000 guns are being destroyed by police in Vereeniging on 5 February 2013. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - At least 31, 000 knives and more than 3, 000 guns were destroyed by police in Vereeniging on Tuesday.

The weapons were seized from criminals in Gauteng over the past two years, as part of the Operation Duty Calls campaign.

The weapons were packed in white bags at the Arcelor Metal Plant in Vereeniging.

A giant electric magnate liftted the weapons up to the brim of a 10-metre tall smelter, into which they would later be thrown into.

Once the weapons have been melted down to raw material, it will be reprocessed by the plant.

The police's seizure of the weapons seems to be evidence that Operation Duty Calls is working. They expect to confiscate even more weapons in the next two years.

Meanwhile, police admitted to having lost more than 1, 200 weapons in 2012.