Joburg gun trainer barred following fraudulent certificate sting

2016-03-22 21:15
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Johannesburg - A Johannesburg firearms trainer, who was caught on camera selling a training certificate to an undercover journalist, has been found guilty on three separate charges by the Professional Firearm Trainers Council (PFTC) on Tuesday.

A training certificate is a key document used to apply for a license to possess a firearm.

Andre van Tonder, who was filmed at his Skopos Firearm Academy in Johannesburg, was charged with selling certificates and statements of results with no training or assessments having been done, fraudulently uploading of learner achievement to the PFTC learner management system and breach of the PFTC code of conduct.

Van Tonder was the Secretary of the PFTC board.

National PFTC spokesperson Andre Pretorius said that a committee had found Van Tonder guilty on all three charges.

According to the charge sheet, a copy of which is in the possession of News24, Van Tonder "is to be permanently removed from the board and will never be eligible to hold any position within the PFTC ever again.

"As an Accredited Training Provider Skopos is to be expelled from the PFTC [de-accredited]. This means de-accredited from the PFTC and the SAPS.

"As Moderator, Assessor and Instructor Mr JA Van Tonder is expelled from the PFTC. He is to be de-registered from the PFTC DMS."

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