Special forces weapons sold: Report

2013-07-20 12:01


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Johannesburg - One of two men accused of dealing in stolen army ammunition allegedly bought weapons for South African special forces, then sold them to countries in conflict, Saturday Star reported.

A State affidavit placed before the Lenasia Magistrate's Court on Friday indicated Dave Sheer Guns (DSG) director Gareth de Nysschen had been investigated by military intelligence for two years.

The investigation revealed the alleged illegal import of "weapons of mass destruction like the Gatling gun and 40mm rockets".

These and other conventional weapons were apparently imported for use by the special forces but were never delivered.

"It was subsequently shipped to Syria, Sudan Republic of Chimbote and Kenia (sic)," stated the affidavit.

The weapons were bought under the auspices of a tender awarded to New Generation Arms Management (NGAM), the newspaper reported.

NGAM director Johan Erasmus told Saturday Star the allegations were false.

De Nysschen, following his arrest at OR Tambo International Airport last week, appeared in the Lenasia Magistrate's Court for bail application on Friday.

He was arrested along with DSG general manager Efthimios Demis Karamitsos.

The State opposed bail, with Magistrate Syfred Mati postponing judgment until Tuesday.

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