Three to ap­pear in court over weapons

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PRO­TEST­ERS are ex­pected to gather out­side the Bel­lville Mag­is­trate’s Court later this month when busi­ness­man Ir­shaad La­her is back in the dock.

On July 22 he is ex­pected to ap­pear along­side co-ac­cused Allan Raves, 50, a firearms dealer from Gaut­eng.

Raves, also an in­spec­tor for the SA Her­itage Re­sources In­sti­tute whose du­ties in­cluded mon­i­tor­ing firearms des­tined for de­struc­tion, was ar­rested in Vereenig­ing in Au­gust.

The two are ac­cused of be­ing part of a syn­di­cate that chan­nelled thou­sands of firearms meant for de­struc­tion, to gang­sters around the prov­ince.

On the same day they ap­pear in Bel­lville, al­leged 28s gang boss Ralph Stan­field is ex­pected in the Khayelit­sha Re­gional Court.

The case against Stan­field mir­rors the case against La­her and Raves.

Stan­field is ac­cused of il­le­gally ob­tain­ing guns from po­lice.

Aside from his wife Ni­cole Stan­field and sis­ter Fran­cisca Stan­field, three po­lice of­fi­cers from the Cen­tral Firearm Reg­istry in Pre­to­ria – Priscilla Mangyani, Billy April and Mary Cartwright – face charges with him.

The three of­fi­cers are sus­pected of hav­ing cre­ated gun li­cence ap­pli­ca­tions on the po­lice’s com­puter sys­tem, then is­su­ing the li­cences to gang­sters and drug deal­ers in the Western Cape. – Caryn Dolley

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