Joburg gun shop might lose licence

2013-11-06 09:17

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Johannesburg - A letter has been sent to Dave Sheer Guns in Johannesburg advising it of the police's intention to cancel the company's dealer's licence, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega's office said on Wednesday.

"We sent them [Dave Sheer Guns] correspondence to that effect," Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale said.

"We gave them 30 days in which to respond."

The letter was sent on 16 October.

Makgale said that the reasons for wanting to cancel the dealer's licence included Dave Sheer' director Gareth de Nysschen's failure to adhere to the provisions of the licence or the Firearms Control Act.

De Nysschen is one of five people embroiled in a court case involving ammunition allegedly stolen from a Lenasia army base.

Phiyega could face court action

The Star reported on Wednesday that the company's attorney Martin Hood reportedly sent a letter of reply, saying that no trial date had been set for De Nysschen's case and that the defence had not seen the charge sheet.

For these reasons, Hood could not "meaningfully respond to the vague and unsubstantiated allegations" in Phiyega's letter, which he described as "premature or, more sinisterly, an attempt to pre-empt or even undermine the criminal process".

"Should you proceed in the absence of a proper answer to these allegations and before the finalisation of the criminal case, we have instructions to interdict the national commissioner in her personal capacity and in her representative capacity..." Hood's letter to Phiyega read.

He also threatened to request that Phiyega be ordered to pay the costs of possible high court action.

Hood also said that the company could pursue damages claims of over R1m against the State for refusing to issue permits, as well as a claim for lost profits after De Nysschen's arrest.

De Nysschen, and Dave Sheer Guns general manager Efthimios Demis Karamitsos, as well as soldier Diphang Motloung, his son Thabang and another soldier Teboho Motaung face charges in the Lenasia Magistrate's Court.

The case involves 200 000 rounds of ammunition allegedly stolen from a Lenasia army base. According to a State witness's statement the ammunition was sold to Dave Sheer gun shop.
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