Nafiz Modack (centre) takes a break throughout his trial.
- Nafiz Modack, a police officer and one different suspect appeared in court docket in a large gun licence fraud case.
- Modack was granted bail of R10 000 and has to report back to the Bothasig police station in Cape City 3 times per week.
- A police sergeant and one different had been additionally granted bail within the case which includes not less than 9 cops.
Underworld determine Nafiz Modack and two co-accused appeared within the Kempton Park Justice of the Peace’s Courtroom on Wednesday as a part of a large Western Cape Anti-Gang-Unit crackdown into alleged gun licence fraud involving 21 suspects thus far.
Modack was arrested on Youth Day on Tuesday and was granted R10 000 bail. When it comes to his bail situations, he has to report back to the Bothasig police station in Cape City 3 times per week.
Within the dock with him had been Sergeant Lesiba Rodney Masoga, who was granted R5 000 bail with no situations, and Anwa Gallie who was granted R10 000 bail. As a part of his situations, Gallie has to report back to the Sophiatown police station 3 times per week.
The three be a part of 13 others who’ve already appeared in court docket. 5 extra had been anticipated to hitch them on the subsequent court docket date in July.
A further 5 are nonetheless needed by police and arrests are anticipated shortly.
This comes after an investigation by the Western Cape’s Anti-Gang-Unit, headed by Main Normal Andre Lincoln, into allegations of firearm licence software fraud and corruption since November 2017.
“In January 2018, it was discovered that a number of folks, together with Cape City underworld figures and their household [and] buddies, allegedly obtained their competency certificates/s and firearm licence/s to own a firearm in addition to momentary authorisation to own a firearm/s in an allegedly wrongful method,” mentioned police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo.
The gun licence functions had been made in Gauteng, largely within the SA Police Service’s Edenvale, Norwood and Kempton Park areas, after “individuals of curiosity” appeared to get gun licences legally.
“The investigations began to disclose, amongst others that residential addresses had been falsified and/or misrepresented on the functions, info concerning the standing of candidates weren’t revealed and necessary checks by designated firearm officers (DFOs) weren’t carried out,” defined Naidoo.
Police arrests got here as a shock
Information24 understands that the arrests got here as a shock to colleagues of the law enforcement officials arrested.
“There was confusion. We did not know what was occurring,” one colleague instructed Information24.
Particulars solely began rising after the preliminary court docket circumstances revealed that costs had been associated to firearm licences, fraud and defeating the ends of justice.
In his assertion, Naidoo mentioned the applying varieties for the firearm licences had been allegedly not signed by the candidates. The motivations and character witness testimonials required to be allowed to own a gun had additionally not been signed.
Nonetheless, these licences had been advisable by the DFOs and had been forwarded to members of the provincial Firearms, Liquor and Second-Hand Items Companies, referred to as FLASH, after which finally the Central Firearm Registry the place they’d be authorised.
Investigators believed that they had sufficient proof to get warrants of arrest issued for not less than 21 folks.
The swoops started on 5 June, days after the nation’s Degree three lockdown began.
These arrested thus far, as named by the police, are:
- Brigadier Hlamalane Lettie Matshene Pretoria (arrested 10/06/2020)
- Lieutenant Colonel Moshato Alfred Moloto, Pretoria (arrested 10/06/2020)
- Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence Sehati Semono, Pretoria (arrested 10/06/2020)
- Lieutenant Colonel Nonhlanhla Gladys Skosana, Kempton Park (arrested 10/06/2020)
- Captain Khulekani Samuel Mncube, Pretoria (arrested 10/06/2020)
- Sergeant Koena Welheminah Nkoana, Norwood (arrested 10/06/2020)
- Sergeant Lesiba Rodney Masoga, Norwood (arrested 16/06/2020)
- Sergeant Matseleng Emily Mokwena, Edenvale (arrested 11/06/2020)
- Ex-Colonel Selo Solomon Motau, previously from Pretoria (arrested 10/06/2020)
- Ex-Constable MB Chokoe, Kempton Park (arrested 10/06/2020)
- Abdullah Mehtar (Acapulco Sports activities and Weapons Proprietor) (arrested 14/06/2020)
- Mahomed Riaz Moosa (Acapulco Sports activities and Weapons Proprietor) (arrested 14/06/2020)
- Yaaseen Modack (applicant) (arrested 05/06/2020)
- Nafiz Modack (applicant) (arrested 16/06/2020)
- Abdulaliem Ismail (applicant) (arrested 05/06/2020)
- Anwa Gallie (applicant) (arrested 16/06/2020)
In accordance with Acapulco Sports activities and Weapons’ web site, they supply a variety of firearms and equipment at their Kempton Park store.
‘You can be caught’
The accused, along with one other 5 folks, will seem within the Gauteng Excessive Courtroom in Johannesburg on 10 July 2020.
These 5 embody Rehana Ismail, who’s Modack’s spouse, Roshana Ismail, Faried Cassiem, Abdulaliem Ismail, Natasha Vandalene Manuel. They had been arrested earlier this month, Naidoo mentioned.
Police are nonetheless looking for an extra 5 suspects.
In addition they seized 53 firearms – 36 rifles, 18 pistols and three revolvers.
Nationwide police commissioner Normal Khehla John Sitole applauded the workforce for his or her perseverance.
“The best method of coping with corruption is to stop it and to be able to do that, I’m urging each members of the SAPS in addition to the neighborhood at giant to chorus from partaking in such actions – as a result of you’ll be caught”, mentioned Sitole.