Man headed for court over Katlehong arms cache


Police say a 31-year-old man who handed himself over to Crime Intelligence and Organised Crime detectives at the Johannesburg Central police station will appear in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court on Monday. He is to face charges related to his alleged involvement in the illegal accumulation of explosives, guns and ammunition at a house in Khumalo Street, Katlehong on the East Rand.

Three days ago a team of investigators acted on intelligence and uncovered a stash of explosives, firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. The cache included five mini limpet mines, four detonators, two RPG 7 rocket propelled grenade launchers, six F1 hand grenades, a CSC rifle grenade, two AK-47 assault rifles, three Uzi sub-machine guns, one R1 rifle, one .303 rifles and one silencer. Ammunition for the weapons was also seized, including 7.62x39mm rounds used by the AK-47, 7.62x51mm used by the R1 and 5.56x45mm used by the R4/R5 series assault rifles. Also taken were 9mm pistol, .38 revolver and shotgun rounds. Several gold bracelets were also found and were also seized.

National police commissioner General Bheki Cele Tuesday expressed his confidence that the police would track down and arrest a suspect suspects. “Inevitably so, the suspect had no choice but to hand himself over as he knew that the net was closing in on him,” Cele’s spokesman, Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said in a statement. “The suspect will be charged for being illegally in possession of explosives, arms and ammunition…”

In the meantime, the owner of the house, Rosetta Sindiswa Stoff, 52, who was taken in for questioning on the day of the raid, has been charged as well. She appeared in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court yesterday. She was remanded in custody until Thursday when she will reappear in court for a formal bail application. “Investigations into this case are continuing and more arrests are likely to be effected.”

Seperately, the police are still probing yesterday’s find of arms and 13 941 rounds of ammunition in a private dwelling in Boksburg North. The owner of the house was arrested and he will be charged with illegal possession of unlicenced firearms and ammunition. Police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the raid also followed a tip-off. “On entering the house, eleven firearms were found in a small bedroom,” he says. The firearms include two .270 calibre rifle, two .22 rifles, an R1 rifle, a shotgun, a .303 rifle, two 9mm pistols and two 7.65mm pistols. “Three of the firearms are licenced and others unlicenced. Different rounds of ammunition were also confiscated and some of the ammunition belongs to the SAPS [South African Police Service] stores. Further investigations are continuing as to how the suspect acquired all these firearms and ammunition.”

Dlamini adds the suspect arrested “has not yet been linked to any other crimes but further investigations are continuing. All the firearms will be sent for ballistic examination.”