Scrapyard owner and employee arrested after guns and explosives are discovered in workshop

Scrapyard owner and employee arrested after guns and explosives are discovered in workshop.

An owner of a scrapyard, Ryno Bishop  and his employee, Eric Ndlovu appeared in the White River Magistrates Court on Friday, the 21st of May. This follows their arrest for the possession of prohibited firearms, illegal possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, explosives act charges and possession of drugs

Captain Dineo Sekgotodi says the suspects, aged 32 and 45, were arrested at their workshop in Hazyview on Thursday.

She says the Hawks received a tip-off and swooped on the premises where they found hunting rifles, a 9 mm pistol, rifle barrels, handgun ammunition, homemade silencers and improvised active homemade explosive devices.

Captain Sekgotoodi says experts from the Explosive Unit and Local Criminal Record Centre (LCRC) were called in to provide assistance after the weapons and explosives were discovered.

Bishop’s case was postponed to Thursday, the 27th of May for bail application but he was remanded in custody. Ndlovu’s case was withdrawn after consultation with the National Prosecuting Authority.

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