Media Statement from Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS)
South African Police Service
CAPE TOWN – A police Sergeant aged 36 and his 22 year old accomplice have been arrested by the Hawks’ National Bureau for Illegal Firearms Control and Priority Violent Crime (NBIFCPVC), following a business robbery at a local Elsiesriver store on Monday morning.
It is alleged that at approximately 09:00, three armed suspects entered the store and threatened people with firearms, they then allegedly robbed them of valuables including cigarettes and undisclosed amount of cash before they fled the scene on foot. One suspect was apprehended shortly afterwards within the vicinity and a police issued firearm was found in his possession.
Follow-up investigations by members of the Hawks’ NBIFCPVC led to the arrest of a police sergeant who apparently turned up at Delft police station in the afternoon to report that his firearm had been stolen in an apparent burglary at his house.
The two suspects are due to appear in Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday to face charges of business robbery and possession of illegal firearms. Additional arrests cannot be ruled out.
Meanwhile, in an ongoing massive firearms probe in the Western Cape, members of the Hawks’ NBIFCPVC together with SAPS Firearm Liquor and Second Hand Goods (Flash) conducted a compliance inspection yesterday, at a shooting range premises in Stellenbosch. The operation resulted in the arrest of a 44, year – old firearm dealer after 18 various firearms and ammunition were seized from his premises.
He is expected to appear before the Stellenbosch Magistrate’s Court on Thursday to face charges relating to contravention of Firearms Control Act 60/ 2000). Sec 3 and Explosives Act for illegal possession of propellants.
The ongoing unannounced raids have seen various security companies being targeted, two arrests (Grant Abel Veroni (49) and Vincent Philips (60) were effected in one such a raid on September 29th at the TSG Security company premises, they subsequently appeared in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court facing allegations of fraudulently acquiring firearms licences, their matter is due back in court in January next 2018.
Provincial Acting Head of the Hawks in the Western Cape Brigadier Neil Oliver.
“We will not hesitate to act against individuals or entities who are in contravention of the Firearm Control Act. We are prepared to wrestle the scourge of firearms proliferation in the Western Cape to spare innocent lives”. He said.
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