Police firearms siezed in Lavender Hill raids

A probe has been launched into how police issued firearms ended up in the hands of gangsters.

Firearms confiscated by police are displayed. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said on Monday an investigation has been launched to determine how police issued firearms landed up in the hands of gangsters in Lavender Hill.

Metro police officers carried out several raids in the area and other suburbs over the weekend where they confiscated illegal weapons and drugs.

Officials also seized two police firearms as well as an AK-47 with ammunition.

Plato said this was worrying.

"I am actually very pleased the South African Police Service (Saps) and Metro police have retrieved those guns. I believe firm arrests were made. But at the end of the day we can't allow police issued guns and rifles to be in the hands of perpetrators."

Plato said he would address the issue with the Provincial Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer.

"A number of firearms were confiscated by the Metro police's Drug Watch Unit. One or two Z88s were police issued guns and that warrants an investigation by the Saps. Why is it that those guns were lost? I believe an R4 rifle was confiscated as well."