Pretoria cop held for gun negligence

2012-11-07 14:10

Johannesburg - A Gauteng policeman was arrested for negligence after his teenage son took his service pistol to school in Centurion, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

The 17-year-old removed the gun from between the front seats of his father's car while being taken to school on Tuesday morning.

Warrant Officer Hero Gumbu said the youth's father, a brigadier in the crime intelligence unit did not know how it happened.

"At school, the teacher saw the gun. The son ran away from the teacher. The teacher and school security guards chased him. While he was running the boy threw the gun into a lapa.

"The security guards picked it up, caught the boy and called the police," Gumbu told Beeld.

He said the teenager was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm and was released into the custody of his mother. His father was arrested for negligence and was released on a warning.

They would appear soon in court.

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-11-07 15:06

    dat fada must be forgiven it's not his fault bcos i think he wanted to reach for his gun in case he get hijacked or some danger he didn't knw dat his son has something on his mind.

      aarchaic - 2012-11-07 15:18

      "THAT FATHER must be forgiven it's not his fault BECAUSE I think he wanted to reach for his gun in case he get hijacked or some danger he didn't KNOW THAT his son has something on his mind." No He must not be forgiven, He is supposed to carry it a Holster at all time to keep it from accidently firing it, AND to make difficult for an opportunistic snot nose just to take it... It’s careless, irresponsible and reckless.

      jan.v.vuuren - 2012-11-07 15:20


      Erna - 2012-11-07 16:23

      That explains why we still have the government we have - we make excuses for negligence and stupidity.

  • siphobongohead - 2012-11-07 15:09

    Eish For a short time all the other boys called me boss. Eish.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-11-07 15:20

    17 year old should know better!!

      gary.bloom.967 - 2012-11-07 15:37

      He knew exactly what he was doing.......17 years old is not a kid anymore.

  • riotousr - 2012-11-07 15:32

    Boys will be boys. The father did any mistake that any suicidal moron is capable of. This is carelessness of microspic proportions. SAPS lost lest than a 1000 firearms in the previous financial FY. Where does 13500 come from.

      gary.bloom.967 - 2012-11-07 15:50

      Really? microscopic you say??? a kid takes a gun to YOUR kids school and you're not gonna be pi$$ed?

      aarchaic - 2012-11-07 15:57

      "In the last five years, more than 13 500 firearms were lost. Less than one percent of the officers responsible for this negligence have been disciplined or ordered to pay for their missing weapons"

      flysouth - 2012-11-07 18:01

      SAPS themselves admitted in answer to a parliamentary question more than a year ago, to losing more than 8500 firearms in that year preceeding the question. Note that this is what they admitted to, and this will not be the true figure. Current figures will be way higher!

  • flysouth - 2012-11-07 17:59

    The father should and must be prosecuted under the Firearms Control Act No. 60 of 2000. He has negligently and unlawfully failed to safeguard a firearm in terms of and as required by the Act, and this is an offence punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment. This is precisely what will happen to any private citizen holding a legally-issued firearm licence in similar circumstances. In addition he must of course, and without delay faced an internal disciplinary hearing - tomorrow - and the expected result would be immediate dismissal from the SAPS. No firearm may be carried except on the person of the carrier in a holster or an opaque bag or container. A firearm if not carried in this way may not be placed on a table, in a car or other vehicle, and must be placed in an SABS approved safe, inspected and certified as suitable for the storage of firearms by the SAPS acting on behalf of the Central Firearms Registry. That's it - in a nutshell!

  • Yster Steyn - 2015-05-22 11:35

    What a douche bag - a Brigadier "loose" his weapon to his son of 17 (accountable according to law). Lock him and his dad up.

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