Elderly Cape Town man arrested over stash of firearms, Nazi gear

2016-01-08 11:32

Cape Town – An elderly man has been arrested almost a month after officers seized military gear, Nazi flags, guns and ammunition from a flat in Cape Town, Western Cape police said on Friday.

The 70-year-old, arrested on Thursday, was set to appear in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court later on Friday, said Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut.

He faced charges of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

Traut said he had also been charged for failing to safeguard his licensed firearm after it was found in his vehicle without supervision.

A tip-off led officers attached to the provincial detective unit to a flat behind a house in Vryburger Street, Bothasig, on December 18.

Two guns, two silencers, a telescope, numerous magazines and a "huge amount" of ammunition for various calibre firearms –including R1 and R5 rifles, 9mm and .45 handguns – were found during the search.

Military gear, training equipment, reloading equipment, Nazi flags and memorabilia were also seized.

At the time, police said they had identified a person of interest, but that he had not yet been apprehended.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.