Former AWB leader Andre Visagie in court over arms cache

2011-03-30 12:54

Former AWB secretary-general Andre Visagie had appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on charges of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said today.

NPA spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said Visagie was arrested by police yesterday afternoon.

Police seized 14 suspected stolen cellular phones, computers, 650 rounds of ammunition of various calibres, five home-made shotguns and an unlicensed 9mm pistol.

Other items seized included a cellular phone modified in such as way that it could be used as a remotely activated detonator for an improvised explosive device, several samples of possible explosives, gunpowder and a large amount of documents.

Mhaga said Visagie was granted R10 000 bail and the case was postponed to May 20 for further investigation.

The NPA said the arrest followed an intensive investigation.

More possible arrests and additional charges could not be ruled out.

National police commissioner General Bheki Cele has congratulated the police’s crime intelligence unit on the arrest.

“The operation was conducted pursuant to intelligence gathered by the counter terrorism section that relates to alleged illegal activities by the 47-year-old suspect,” he said in a statement.

Cele said the detection of illegal arms, ammunition and explosives formed part of the police’s policing priorities, and yesterday’s raid was to rid society of such threats. 

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