Man Arrested for Being in Possession of R1 Rifle, SA Concerned

Man Arrested for Being in Possession of R1 Rifle, SA Concerned

- A 58-year-old Western Cape man was found in possession of a military-grade assault rifle and arrested

- The unnamed man had a telescope, night-sight and silencer installed on the R1 assault rifle

- Police also reported that the man had a levy of ammunition in his residence which many South Africans were shocked about

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The South African Police allegedly confiscated a military assault rifle from the home of a Western Cape man. The Delft Crime Prevention Unit arrested the 58-year-old in Graafwater for the possession of the unlicensed firearm.

Police also found a number of different rounds of ammunition at his house. The man was allegedly in possession of an R1 rifle with a telescopic sight fitted to it. It also had a night-sight and a silencer, which were also confiscated by police.

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The SAPS shared a post on Facebook about the arrest and confiscation of the assault rifle and South Africans had a lot of concerns.

Western Cape: Man arrested for being in possession of military fire arm
A R1 assault rifle was confiscated by police after a Western Cape man's house was raided. Image: SAPS
Source: Facebook

Take a look at the post shared on Facebook below:

Below are just a few of the responses from some South Africans:

Ibenathi Mhlakaza wrote:

"Look at that rifle... That one is from SAPS I assure you."

John Child shared:

"So military-grade weapons now?"

Daniel Amos asked:

"Is that R1 rifle only unlicensed because the owner's licence expired and SAPS disabled the system to be able to renew licences?"

Ruan Schoeman also asked:

"So what was he going to do with a sniper rifle?"

Deon Adonis said:

"That gun will be on the streets again with police corruption."

Pieter Pretorius commented:

"Again old military hardware..."

Themba R Modau added:

"That's a sniper."

In similar news, reported on two students who were arrested after being found in possession of an assault rifle. Reports say that a crime intelligence report revealed that a dangerous weapon was operational.

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Police officers followed the report to a meeting where the assault rifle was seen. The two students, aged 21 and 24, hopped into a car and officers followed them. The vehicle was then stopped and the rifle was found.

Officers found a Galil, an automatic Israeli-made rifle, with a loaded magazine. The arrests were made immediately after the rifle was found.

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