A gun smuggling investigation hampered by murders, information leak and tensions has been handed over to the Hawks and is back on track.
Investigators are now said to be focusing on, among other aspects, gunmen who carried out more than a thousand murders.
However the investigation, which sources with knowledge of say is the biggest in the country and which they say was initially being handled by Gauteng and Western Cape organised crime policing units, still faces hurdles.
Several sources say during a period when the future of the probe was uncertain, some suspects were murdered and others fled.
Gunmen have therefore become the focus of the investigation, but tracking them could prove tricky as firearms pass many hands.