Greytown man bust with illegal AK47

2009-07-01 00:00

THE Greytown man who was arrested yesterday for allegedly being in possession of an illegal AK47 is rumoured to have been a bodygua­rd of Greytown Mayor Petros Ngubane.

This, however, was denied by Ngubane, who said that although he was aware of the arrest, he has “never employed that man as a bodyguard”.

Ngubane said: “I am well aware of who has been spreading all these false rumours connecting me to the arrested man; however, I have never employed any person with such a name.”

He said the person who was behind the malicious rumour is just intent on destroying his good name.

The arrest comes barely a week after another councillor in the area was murdered.

Since the elections earlier this year, the area has become a hotbed of politically-motivated killings.

To date, eight councillors from both the IFP and the ANC have been shot and killed and many others wounded.

A number of civilians have also been killed.

Both parties recently admitted that they are worried about the volatile situation, describing the area as being “in a state of lawlessness”.

While Ngubane was adamant that the arrested man was not his bodyguard, sources in the area alleged that the man did work for Ngubane.

Police sources confirmed that a man was arrested and charged with the possession of an unlicensed AK47.

Police have been unable to link the gun to any murders. It has been sent for a ballistics test.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed Ngubane’s assertion, saying the man arrested is a taxi driver.

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