Gun recovered in Kensington Square flower bed

Constable Xolile Basi with the weapon.
Constable Xolile Basi with the weapon.

A GUN was recovered from a flower bed outside Kensington Square on Tuesday night by members of the shopping centre security. What’s more, police have traced the weapon and found it had been stolen in 1993. An alert member of the public reported two suspicious men standing around outside Waltons with a white plastic packet. Eddy Stamps, owner of Felix Security, said his men went to investigate when the duo bolted.

“One of the guys threw a white packet into the flower bed outside Waltons and ran across the road. We checked the CCTV footage of the incident afterwards but we could not identify any distinguishable features on the suspects because a street light outside the centre was out. It was great to see the community work together and we thank the member of the the public who alerted us to their presence. I urge residents to report suspicious characters to security,” he said.

Lt Raymond Deokaran, spokesman for the Durban North SAPS, said the gun had been traced and was reported stolen in 1993.

“The gun, a 9mm CZ pistol was stolen 23 years ago from Bophuthatswana. It had one round in the chamber and had a full magazine. We cannot say for certain what the suspects had planned, but it certainly wasn’t good. We are still trying to trace the weapon to see if it has been used in other crimes in the country,” Deokaran said.

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