Siblings, father nabbed for arms cache released on R20 000 bail

2016-11-03 14:26
Recovered guns. (Supplied to News24, file)

Recovered guns. (Supplied to News24, file)

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Cape Town - A pair of siblings and their elderly father arrested with 250 guns on the Cape Flats have been granted R20 000 bail in the Goodwood Magistrate's Court.

Johannes Abrahams, 66, Johannes Abrahams Junior, 41, and Bonnita Abrahams, 34 appeared in the dock on Thursday in connection with the arms cache discovered in an underground safe last week.

Police acted on a tip-off and uncovered the 9mm pistols, ammunition, and an undisclosed amount of cash at their Valhalla Park house on Friday.

The case was postponed to January 19.

Meanwhile, Rondebosch businessman Irshaad Laher will appear in the Western Cape High Court on Friday on charges related to gun smuggling and racketeering.

He appeared in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday where the case was transferred.

Ex-policeman

Laher - who is out on R100 000 bail - is accused of buying guns from ex-policeman Chris Prinsloo of Vereeniging, who was recently sentenced to an effective 18 years behind bars after entering a plea and sentence agreement with the State.

He pleaded guilty to 11 charges, including theft, racketeering, and money laundering.

The former colonel was in charge of the police armoury and stole 2 400 guns over almost a decade.

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

Prinsloo apparently met Laher in Gauteng when he was a policeman and Laher a reservist. He told police after his arrest that he sold about 2 000 guns to Laher, the State alleges.

Laher is appearing with co-accused Alan Raves, who is out on R20 000 bail.

Raves is a Vereeniging arms dealer and gun collector.

He was arrested in August 2015 after arrest several guns, ranging from assault rifles to smaller calibre arms, were seized.

Prinsloo pleaded guilty to stealing guns and ammunition destined for destruction and reselling them, primarily to gangs on the Cape Flats.

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