Firearm ammunition and cigarettes found in EC supermarket

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Illicit cigarettes, a firearm and ammunition found in EC supermarket

Police in the Eastern Cape arrested a suspect for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and for contravening lockdown regulations by selling cigarettes.

Firearm ammunition and cigarettes found in EC supermarket

Image via: SAPS

The enforcement of lockdown regulations continues to yield positive results in the Eastern Cape after police caught another suspect selling cigarettes in Ngcobo. The 29-year-old suspect was also found to be in possession of a firearm and several rounds of ammunition. 

Members of the Tactical Response Team (TRT) deployed at Ngcobo, followed up Intelligence information that led to a resounding success on 9 June 2020.


During the execution of the search warrant at Ebumnandini Hardware, which also operates as a supermarket, the police made a shocking discovery. 

“A male suspect was arrested after he was found selling tobacco. He was also found in possession of a firearm, a magazine and several rounds of ammunition,” said Captain Khaya Tonjeni. 

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The suspect is due to appear at the Ngcobo Magistrates Court on Wednesday 10 June 2020 for charges ranging from Contravention of Disaster Management Act Regulations and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. 

“Possibility of additional charges cannot be ruled out with regards to the businesses and his status in the country,” said Tonjeni. 

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga commended the police members for enforcing the law and compliance to the Disaster Management Act Regulations. 

“We appeal to the business owners to comply with the Regulations by adhering to the items they are allowed to be selling during each level of National Lockdown and we urge the community to also comply to the regulations so that we can all assist in flattening the curve of coronavirus infections,” said Ntshinga. 


Firearms and ammunition were also recently found in Gauteng but this time, instead of illicit cigarettes, police found what appeared to be diamonds. 

An intelligence-driven operation, led by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), recovered four unlicensed firearms, ammunition and what appeared to be diamonds, in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng on Monday 25 May. 

Captain Kay Makhubele, said the 50 stones that appeared to be diamonds, still had to be tested. 

“The firearms will be sent to Forensic Science Laboratory for ballistic testing, to determine if the firearms might have been used to commit other crimes,” added Makhubele. 

The provincial management commended the good work done by the team and urged the community to continue to work with the police to report the crime.