Not all grannies and grandpas innocent, says CPF after guns, drugs bust

2016-04-06 14:42

Cape Town - A pensioner and his daughter-in-law are expected in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court on Thursday after the duo was arrested with contraband - including guns and drugs - at an Eastridge home.

The Hawks Narcotics Unit received a a tip-off about suspicious activity at the home on Tuesday, and the priority crimes team, along with the police dog unit, raided the property.

Spokesperson Lieutenant Lloyd Ramovha in a statement said the two, aged 63 and 23, were arrested after two unlicensed guns, over 90 rounds of ammunition, and 800 mandrax units with a street value of almost R25 000 were found.

While the extent of the elderly man’s involvement in the contraband still needed to be determined in court, the involvement of pensioners in criminal activity on the Cape Flats was far more common than most would like to believe, Mitchells Plain cluster community police forum chairperson Hanif Loonat told News24.

"Not all grannies and grandpas are innocent. I know of an 80-year-old man who is believed to be selling drugs, and another who is wheelchair-bound and peddles [drugs] to children," he said.

In most cases, Loonat pointed out, the properties of pensioners were used for the storing of contraband by tenants or family members.

"Information also shows that older people are often used to transport drugs and illicit goods between communities, because the authorities don’t focus on their doings. Sadly, most of the time they do it out of fear and a need for money, because they can’t live off their pension."

But the law should not take the age of an accused into consideration, he insisted.

"If you benefit from the profits of wrongdoing, you must face the full might of the law."

Loonat warned that a number of other Mitchells Plain homes owned by the elderly were on police radar.

“If it happens with your knowledge, you will be implicated and charged. And the consequences will not be pleasant,” he said.

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