- An article recently circulated claiming that a man who had faked being a soldier had admitted to stealing thousands of weapons
- 3 000 guns, ammunition and even explosives had reportedly been used in cash-in-transit robberies
- Briefly.co.za takes a look at the situation to see if this story is real or as fake as this guy's SANDF uniform
Citizens had been alarmed by an article claiming a fake soldier had admitted to allegedly stealing guns and other weapons.
Shared on social media, the report had claimed the imposter confessed to stealing more than '3 000 guns, ammunition and explosives', saying that some of the weapons had been used to carry out cash-in-transit heists.
Thapelo Mokgosi, in this version of events, had been caught after he had tried to join the infantry accompanying President Cyril Ramaphosa to his inauguration.
So is this story real or fake?
While some information in this article is based on reality, some of the most controversial aspects of the story are indeed fake.
Briefly.co.za reported that Thapelo Mokgosi really did fake being a soldier, and he did it so well even his family was convinced that he had indeed joined the South African National Defence Force.
And yes, Mokgosi was arrested after attempting to wrangle his way into the spotlight for President Cyril Ramaphosa's inauguration earlier this year.
However, Mokgosi faced charges of impersonating a soldier and illegal possession of a firearm, along with ammunition.
Africa Check confirmed that the claim that he had accumulated 'thousands' of weapons and used them to carry out illicit activities is false.
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