National 28.7.2016 03:22 pm

‘AWB member’ arrested for illegal guns cache

Police confiscate guns from two different suspects who are believed to be behind a bid to resurrect the AWB.

Police confiscate guns from two different suspects who are believed to be behind a bid to resurrect the AWB.

The guns were hidden in a wall, where a police dog sniffed them out.

A 58-year-old suspect, believed to be a member of the Afrikaner Weerstand Beweging (AWB), was arrested in Vanderbijlpark by the K9 Unit and the Flying Squad for possession of 12 unlicensed firearms, live ammunition and traditional weapons consisting of pangas, axes and knives, Vaal Weekblad reports.

The suspect rented a wooden house with his wife just outside the Vanderbijlpark CBD.

A quick response by the police and an intensive search lead to the illegal weapon find.

The guns were found in the bedroom, hidden between division boards. Regional General Zodwa Molefe was called to the scene and was surprised by the huge amount of weapons. Among the cache were police bullet-proof vests.

The suspect is believed to be a member of the AWB. Police confiscated a notebook filled with codes that would have been given to his son should anything happen to him. The suspect’s wife seemed placid about her husband’s arrest while their two children were in tears.

When police probed him about the illegal weapons, he claimed he was a carpenter who was paid in weapons, not money.

He was charged with possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, which then led to another arrest. A 40-year-old man believed to be working with the first suspect was also arrested. He lives in a mansion near Stonehaven.

The first suspect gave up the hiding place where he kept the weapons after one of the K9 Unit dogs kept on barking at a wall. The wall turned out to be a hidden cupboard full of illegal guns. Both suspects will appear in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrates’ Court on charges of possession of unlicensed firearms.

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Illegal guns found in the wooden house just outside Vanderbijlpark CBD.

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A diary used as a hiding place for an illegal handgun.

– Caxton News Service.

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