Elderly Cape Town man arrested over stash of firearms, Nazi gear

2016-01-08 11:32

Cape Town – An elderly man has been arrested almost a month after officers seized military gear, Nazi flags, guns and ammunition from a flat in Cape Town, Western Cape police said on Friday.

The 70-year-old, arrested on Thursday, was set to appear in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court later on Friday, said Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut.

He faced charges of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

Traut said he had also been charged for failing to safeguard his licensed firearm after it was found in his vehicle without supervision.

A tip-off led officers attached to the provincial detective unit to a flat behind a house in Vryburger Street, Bothasig, on December 18.

Two guns, two silencers, a telescope, numerous magazines and a "huge amount" of ammunition for various calibre firearms –including R1 and R5 rifles, 9mm and .45 handguns – were found during the search.

Military gear, training equipment, reloading equipment, Nazi flags and memorabilia were also seized.

At the time, police said they had identified a person of interest, but that he had not yet been apprehended.

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