Cape Town businessman arrested for gun smuggling

2016-06-24 16:30
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Cape Town - A Cape Town businessman will appear in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Monday in connection with gun smuggling and racketeering charges involving a former colonel who stole firearms from the police armoury.

Police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said the 41-year-old businessman was arrested at his Rondebosch home on Thursday and faces charges relating to gun smuggling.

This after ex-policeman Chris Prinsloo, 55, was sentenced to an effective 18 years behind bars on Tuesday after he entered a plea and sentence agreement with the State.

In his plea agreement, Prinsloo indicated that he had provided guns to a man in Cape Town, which eventually ended up in the hands of gangsters. 

Prinsloo pleaded guilty to 11 charges ranging from theft to racketeering and money laundering.

2 400 guns stolen

The Vereeniging policeman was, according to police, behind the arming of gangsters primarily in the province’s gang-ridden communities. He was arrested in January.

He resigned shortly thereafter.

Prinsloo – who had 35 years’ experience in the force - was part of a group of criminals who stole guns and ammunition destined for destruction and resold them, mainly to gangs on the Cape Flats.

Prinsloo was in charge of the armoury.

He is said to have raked in R2m over a period of eight years. A total of 2 400 guns were stolen.

Prinsloo was ordered to pay back R1.2m to the State.

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