Military cops raid security company

2013-07-16 08:50

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Johannesburg - Military police have apparently raided the Midrand compound of cash-in-transit company SVB, which is owned by South Africa's four major banks, The Star reported on Tuesday.

In the raid on Monday, the military police reportedly confiscated assault-rifle ammunition allegedly stolen from the army.

It followed the suspension without pay on Sunday of Brigadier Mathapelo Miriam Mangwani, of the Central Firearms Registry, and Brigadier Hlamane Elias Mahlabane, who was in charge of firearms compliance.

According to the newspaper, they allegedly accepted bribes in exchange for issuing gun licences to Dave Sheer Guns.

Spent cartridges and live rounds bearing military stamps were reportedly found during the raid.

The Star reported that it was believed the bullets, which are suitable for R4 rifles, were stolen from the military and allegedly sold to Dave Sheer Guns, which in turn allegedly sold them to SVB.

A former employee of the gun company reportedly alleged in a witness affidavit that SVB had bought stolen military equipment, including ammunition and bullet-proof vests.

The affidavit also contained allegations that Dave Sheer Guns staff allegedly paid the supplier of the military stock amounts of R20 000 to R250 000 in cash or company cheques.

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