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