Second-hand dealer arrested over illegal firearms

A Biscay Road, Port Alfred second-hand dealer was arrested and the three firearms confiscated Friday afternoon, October 13 2023. South African Police Service spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said an intelligence driven operation carried out by SAPS Nemato members resulted in the 74-year-old man’s arrest.

“At about 1.30pm, a search warrant was executed at the dealership in Biscay Road in Port Alfred,” Naidu said. “On searching the premises a shotgun was discovered hidden inside a pool table. Further probing led to the discovery of two more rifles which was also found hidden in the pool table.

“After the owner failed to produce licenses for the three firearms, he was arrested and detained on a charge of illegal possession of firearms.”

The value of the firearms was approximately R10 000, Naidu said.

The dealership owner was expected to appear in the Port Alfred Magistrate’s Court on Monday October 16.

SAPS Sarah Baartman District Commissioner, Major General Zolani Xawuka welcomed the arrest and confiscation and send out a stern warning to second-hand dealers.

“Our police officials will remain resolute in conducting inspections at second-hand dealers in order to ensure compliance with the Second-Hand Goods Act, 2009 (Act No 6 of 2009),” Xawuka said. “Those at fault will be dealt with according to the Second Hand Goods Act, 2009(Act 6 of 2009).”