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Residents of a town riddled with faction fighting have heaved a sigh of relief after police confiscated 111 illegal firearms over four months.
The town, Pomeroy, is in Umsinga, KwaZulu-Natal.
The operation by Ulundi police ended yesterday.
This month alone the police recovered 28 illegal firearms in Pomeroy and surrounding areas.
Councillor Tyson Kunene said they were pleased that the guns have been removed from the wrong hands.
"One of those guns would have killed someone today, but that life has been saved.
"We are happy about the operations and if need be, the police can come back and continue where they left off.
"We need peace in our area and some of those guns have been used to rob people," said Kunene.
The area has been known for faction and political violence that has cost the lives of hundreds of people.
Police spokesman Superintendent Vincent Mdunge said the firearms were recovered in Ngabayena, Douglas, Mahlaba and Buhulazi areas.