West Rand AK-47

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West Rand: AK-47s, grenades, and ammunition found buried in veld

Police have found AK-47s, pistols, stun grenades, and live ammunition buried in a shallow grave in Krugersdorp on the West Rand.

West Rand AK-47

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The firepower is enough to do battle in a mini-war. A veld in the West Rand has become a scene of AK-47s and loads of high-caliber weapons on Thursday morning 21 October – thanks to a call from local firewood collectors.


The South African Police Service (SAPS) says the firewood collectors initially unearthed stun grenades before anyone really expected what was coming next…

“It is alleged that on October 21, 2021, at about 10am, people were collecting firewood in the veld, when they stumbled upon a pack of stun grenades,” Gauteng police spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Sello said.

“The police officials were notified and relevant police departments were immediately mobilised,” Sello said after finding the AK-47s in the West Rand.


According to the police, the arms weaponry included multiple AKs, nearly two dozen hand grenades, advanced pistols, and an abundance of ammunition rounds.

List of weapons:

  • Four AK-47 rifles
  • 20 hand grenades
  • Two 9 x 18mm firearms
  • Ten detonators
  • 16 AK-47 magazines with 480 rounds of ammunition
  • Box containing 700 rounds of ammunition.

West Rand police confirmed a case has been opened to find any details that could lead to arrests.

“An inquiry docket is registered at Krugersdorp Police Station for further investigations,” said Sello.

Staying with the West Rand, a police officer was killed by a drunk driver who failed to stop at a roadblock that was set up in Khutsong last Saturday night.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Brenda Muridili said Warrant Officer Jan Christoffel Esterhuysen was killed when a 20-year-old driver failed to stop at the roadblock.

It is believed the driver then hit a stationery vehicle and WO Esterhuysen, who was controlling the traffic. “The suspect tried to flee the scene, but other members managed to stop him, and it was established that he was drunk,” Esterhuysen said. Full story here.

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