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City of CT wants high-level probe into source of illegal firearms

Metro police officers have confiscated eight illegal guns in the past two weeks.

Picture: Twitter/@SAPoliceService

CAPE TOWN – The City of Cape Town has called for a high-level investigation to determine the source of illegal firearms.

Metro police officers have confiscated 8 illegal guns in the past two weeks.

The City’s JP Smith says: “If this investigation is properly done, we’d not be needing to deploy the military in our suburbs, which is a short-term fix but certainly not desirable in the long run.”

In the latest arrest during the early hours of Saturday morning, officials nabbed four suspects in Philippi East after they were found in possession of an illegal firearm and seven rounds of ammunition.

Police and other law enforcement officials have beefed up patrols in Philippi following the murder of 11 people in separate shootings about two weeks ago.

Smith said: “They recovered a pistol with a serial number filed off, a magazine and seven rounds of ammunition. Four suspects aged between 17 and 41 were detained at Philippi East.

“The illegal firearm confiscation means Metro Police have now found eight illegal firearms in 14 days. This is indicative of a very serious problem with a number of illegal firearms in circulation.

“We need a high-level investigation into where these firearms are coming from and who is selling them.”