'Huge' arms cache found in Norwood

Police say one of the country’s most wanted criminals has been arrested following the raid.

A massive arms cache discovered by police in Norwood, Johannesburg, on 22 May 2014. Picture: SAPS via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Police Service (SAPS) said one of the country's most wanted criminals was arrested in Norwood, Johannesburg, on Thursday night in possession of a "huge" arms cache.

The suspect, who has not been named, was arrested with two others at a house in the northern Johannesburg suburb with an array of automatic rifles and approximately 300 handguns.

Police also found detonators, a machine used to manufacture ammunition, packaged dagga and explosives used for ATM bombings.

In a statement issued by National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, the suspect is said to be in control of a "huge syndicate" and on the most wanted list.

"I cannot say at this stage exactly how many guns are here. What I can say is that they are in the hundreds. They [were] found concealed in containers.

"We are going to analyse this in detail to establish the origin of these arms and ammunition and, more importantly, what they were intended for and whether any of them have been used in the commission of an offence."

The suspect's daughter and domestic worker were also arrested.

"Today's success is yet another example of what integrated and focused policing can achieve," Phiyega

says.