Fake guns in car land es­tate agent in soup

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - LYNNETTE JOHNS

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.

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