Cops spokesman Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said an Operational Response Services intervention consisting of members of the Tactical Response Team, National Intervention Unit, Public Order Police and Air Wing is working tirelessly to curb senseless killings in the province.
The team is currently on detachment in the far North of KwaZulu-Natal where five people were killed a week ago.
“The members made a breakthrough by arresting six alleged hitmen, aged between 34 and 52, on November 28. It is alleged that they have been operating between Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal and are involved in taxi related incidents, police killings, ATM bombings, cash-in-transit heists, political killings, armed robbery and hijackings,” said Mbhele.
The suspects were arrested just outside Richards Bay and were found in possession of seven unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
“Police will further interview these criminals and their firearms will be forwarded for ballistic testing.”
The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa praised the police officers for the arrests.
“I would like to commend our members for their dedication that led to the arrests of these suspects and the recovery of seven firearms. We are confident that arrest of these men will contribute in stemming incidents of violence across the province. We commend members of the community who came forward and decided to work with our team to bring down these thugs. It shows that our communities still have confidence in the police and despise criminals,” he said.