Limpopo man found with rifles, revolvers

2012-01-11 17:38

Johannesburg - A 37-year-old man was arrested in Leeukuil, Polokwane, on Wednesday for unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, Limpopo police said.

The man was found around 04:00 with three rifles, two revolvers and 331 live rounds of ammunition, said Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba.

The firearms and ammunition were found in a safe, two boxes and a wardrobe. They belonged to his father who recently passed away.

Ramatseba said: "The suspect should have applied for permission to store the firearms in terms of the Fire Arms Control Act while applying to possess them in terms of the... act, if he wanted to keep them."

The firearms were to be sent for ballistic tests to determine whether they had been used to commit any crimes.

The man was expected to appear in court soon.

  • Sharon - 2012-01-11 17:43

    And I am sure that these guns can be tied to dozens of crimes!! Really, the police should focus on actual criminals who shoot people! I am surprised they did not refer to the guns as a "cache" like they did in similar stories.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-11 18:15

      This is ridiculous. Rapists and murders are not even investigated but people who commited the great crime of not filling in forms get arrested. The man's father died, for pity sake, leaving him the weapons.

      Beetroot - 2012-01-12 05:43

      The SAPS are a bunch of incompetent idiots who serve as sheltered employment. This 'witchhunt' on an innocent citizen is typical while the province is rife with crime. The man probably would have had the weapons applications denied anyway as they CFR are as efficient as those chimps in the Joburg Zoo.

      Beetroot - 2012-01-12 05:53

      The SAPS are more criminal than the tsotsies in the townships. 'Bloemfontein - Seven police officers and four civilians have been arrested for stealing 20 plasma television sets at an accident scene, Free State police said on Wednesday. ' The police need to be policed by a 2nd force.

  • GWS - 2012-01-11 17:48

    JC!! They nitpick on the average man in the street while literally thousands of people are loose on the streets brandishing farking AK-47's, stolen R-4's and R-5's and countless SAPF sidearms!! There is no control of what goes on in this country and the wrong people are continuously being punished.

      Dirk - 2012-01-11 19:04

      Its an easy target. Arrest him, he is white and the chances that he will shoot at them, is almost zero. And it makes the stats look better. Drug which can be re-sold is of course a different matter.

  • Alfred - 2012-01-11 17:52

    "Ballistic tests" Hahahaa! Sure, why not? There's more chance of a criminal scratching his name and the crimes he's committed on the side of his firearm than that happening. Maybe the SAPS should start with ballistic tests on their own weapons to see how many crimes they've been used in.

      Barefoot - 2012-01-11 18:00

      do you know what a ballistic test entails? i take it you do not, filling off the serial number will do what?

      Alfred - 2012-01-11 18:15

      I know precisely what ballistic testing entails, Barefoot. Where did I mention anything about filing off serial numbers?

      GWS - 2012-01-11 18:52

      Barefoot FAIL.

  • Vegi - 2012-01-11 18:02

    The question is if the dead father had licence to possess the firearms, in which case the son is not in unlawful possession if the arms are where the father left them. If the son has removed them he is in control and possession and as long as he does not have a licence, his possession is unlawful and criminal. The Executor of the dead man's estate should have taken charge of the firearms and ensured that the family member entitled to inherit or to whom the deceased man's assets have been bequeathed in terms of a testamentary document applies for the requisite licence. The above having been said, I doubt if anyone could be licenced to possess such quantity of arms and ammunition.

      slsol - 2012-01-11 18:47

      Please read Act 60 of 2000 before displaying your ignorance

      John - 2012-01-11 23:39

      Vegi, your note seems well laid out. Please post here the relevant points of Act 60 of 2000, as this is a matter of general interest. Personally, I would rather have the son securing the deceased fathers firearms, instead of the weapons being unguarded at the deceased father's old residence.

  • Barefoot - 2012-01-11 18:02

    I take it the cops didn't have anything better to do, leave the guy to protect himself with his small arsenal just give him a warning and let him register them

  • theunis.greyling - 2012-01-11 18:03

    what a sad joke South Africa has become, where you are not a citizen anymore but a mere subject....where the state decides who can defend themselves...

  • drummond.doig1 - 2012-01-11 18:14

    So they raided him at 4 am, and arrested him because his recently dead fathers were in a locked safe ?

      drummond.doig1 - 2012-01-11 18:15


      Grant - 2012-01-11 18:20

      Yup - 4am!

  • Charmaine Paterson - 2012-01-11 18:39

    From what I've read about the forensic labs in this country, we'll probably all have died from old age before the ballistic test results are available. What a waste of resources.

  • Killroy - 2012-01-11 18:42

    and 331 live rounds of ammunition. Do you get dead ones ?

      Vegi - 2012-01-11 18:50

      Yes, a used round is a dead one, it can neither fire nor kill anyone.

      Killroy - 2012-01-11 19:11

      Rounds of ammunition are live and empty cartridge shells are dead rounds like "doppies" in SA slang lol just to let you see that the writer has no idea of what he is talking about. Must admit that the english language is rather confusing. Other languages do define ,round, bullet, cartridge, thing see German for example. Lol

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-11 19:20

      What a stupid question Killroy, please use your remaining brain cells Sir.

      GWS - 2012-01-11 23:06

      paul is news24 self appointed comment policeman.

      John - 2012-01-11 23:50

      being careful to read ' cells '; How about 15 billion? Down from original 24 billion? Wikipidia places the count at between 15 and 33 billion. Mid point 24 billion. Estimating Killroy about half way through his life.

  • Killroy - 2012-01-11 18:46

    And now the top crime story of the day. An innocent man soon to be found guilty under the new fire disarm act has been woken at 4am and asked to unlock his safe. What a load of rubbish. Can’t they find anything more newsworthy than this?

      Beetroot - 2012-01-12 05:49

      It's as pathetic as arresting someone looking to buy a firearm in a gunshop! The police have no other ability but to pick on the weak and innocent.

  • Burtfred - 2012-01-11 18:52

    Let me guess - the guy with the guns is white and the cops are black. No racism involved? Ja right.

  • eddiebant - 2012-01-11 18:57

    Easy target,less investigations to do and another to add to the resolved statistic.

  • Rajesh - 2012-01-11 18:59

    And this makes news....really now- what are you trying to say News24?

  • Bryan - 2012-01-11 19:21

    This is the pathetically childish and petty mentality of our police force. This is about payback, and again it’s against soft targets and not real criminals! Criminalise a man because he inherited some firearms. Sneak in at 4am as if this is some big bust! Shame on the little heroes!

      Beetroot - 2012-01-12 05:54

      Jackie Selepi mindset in the SAPS.

  • Deon - 2012-01-12 09:49

    Theire arrest figures must be down, rather look at real criminals Police.

  • Gail - 2012-01-12 12:27

    Maybe he has filled in forms but the highly (in)competent ANC CADRES still have them in their intrays. How long ago did this man's father die? Two weeks ago years ago.. Makes a big difference.

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