Vereeniging arms dealer in dock for racketeering, gun charges

2015-08-21 14:14
Businessman Alan Raves sits in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Businessman Alan Raves sits in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - A Vereeniging arms dealer appeared in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Friday on gun-related charges ranging from racketeering to theft.

Alan Raves, 50, who faced 34 charges, was released by magistrate Cyril Kroutz on R20 000 bail. He will be back in the dock on September 11, together with co-accused ex-police colonel Chris Prinsloo.

The former officer appeared in court last month and is accused of being part of a group of criminals who stole guns and ammunition destined for destruction and resold them, primarily to gangs on the Cape Flats.

Raves was arrested on Wednesday by provincial detectives attached to Operation Combat as part of an ongoing investigation into the illegal gun trade.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said during the arrest several guns, ranging from assault rifles to smaller calibre arms, were seized.

Raves, who is also a gun collector, said in an affidavit read by his lawyer Nico van der Watt that he was a father of two and a respected businessman in his community.

He said he planned to plead not guilty and was not a flight risk.

Kroutz instructed Raves to hand over his passport upon his release.

The case against both accused is being heard in Bellville in an attempt to centralise the charges against the duo.

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