‘Those guns are going to be used on your head’ - News24 journalist threatened for national firearms probe stories

2017-08-04 19:23

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Cape Town - A News24 journalist has received an anonymous SMS threatening that guns that were smuggled from cops to gangsters will be used on her, either at her workplace or home.

Investigative journalist Caryn Dolley, who since Thursday has written numerous articles on a mammoth national gun smuggling operation, received the threat on her cellphone at 17.15 on Friday.

It says: “Ms doley!That. same. guns. that. the. cops. sold. is. going. to. be. used. on. your. head. at. work. or. your. house. or. your. mom. house. and. your. dog.”

The SMS appears to come from a web-based number.

Dolley is set to lodge a criminal complaint with police over the SMS.

Also read: Military intelligence, frozen funds and 5 000 guns: Details of national firearms probe

In May Dolley received a threatening email from an alleged underworld businessman in relation to a meeting he had with a top Northern Cape police officer in a hotel in Cape Town.

News24 editor Adriaan Basson said the threats levelled at Dolley were outrageous and disgusting.

"Caryn has been at the forefront of exposing how the underworld operates and how their poisonous tentacles stretch into the law enforcement agencies.

"We will not be bullied by these cowardice acts of intimidation that has only one goal: to shut us up. The illegal gun trade must be exposed to the bone. These death threats will not deter us from doing our jobs."

From Thursday this week Dolley wrote numerous stories on a national gun smuggling investigation, based on documents from the Cape Town Labour Court and a matter focusing on Major-General Jeremy Vearey and Major-General Peter Jacobs.

The duo, instrumental in the mammoth firearms probe, approached the court after they were suddenly transferred from their positions in June 2016.

On Thursday the court set aside their transfers.

Dolley wrote articles based on, among other papers submitted to the court, their affidavits, including how they believed politics within the police led to their transfers, which effectively crippled critical investigations.

These investigations included looking into how cops smuggled police guns to gangsters, illicit firearms being smuggled into and out of South Africa, and right wing groups apparently stockpiling firearms to be used against the state.

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