Fake guns in car land estate agent in soup
THIS is one time when having fakes has turned out to be a really good thing.
A cache of weapons, which resulted in the arrest of an estate agent just outside the V&A Waterfront, are almost certainly movie props and not the real thing, the police said yesterday.
Estate agent Bob de Haan was arrested on Wednesday evening when the police searched his car at a roadblock outside the Waterfront, and found a box filled with “live” ammunition.
De Haan explained that he had found the box in his friend TV director Dirk de Villiers’s office while he was clearing it out. De Villiers, 85, died on December 28 of a heart attack.
De Villiers used the fake weapons and ammunition for the filming of the popular TV series Arende. He also directed Kalahari Harry and Kaalgat Tussen die Daisies.
De Haan told the police he had been on his way to the nearest police station to hand in the cache but had been waylaid by friends who invited him to dinner at the Waterfront.
The hapless De Haan was arrested and spent Wednesday night in jail. He appeared in court on Thursday morning and was released on R10 000 bail.
Yesterday, police spokesman Captain Frederick van Wyk said it now appeared the weapons were props. Earlier reports said firearms and 200 rounds of ammunition had been found in De Haan’s possession. The police have sent the “cache” to arms manufacturer Denel to confirm it is fake.
De Haan is to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on January 22.