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Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Guns for hire in South African suburbs
'Guns for hire' in suburbs - Cops leaking guns
Cops leaking guns
Graeme Hosken | 04 June, 2014 00:01
Investigators are trying to establish what crimes had been committed with the seized weapons. File photo Image by: SYDNEY SESHIBEDI
A massive firearms scandal unfolding in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court is expected to lead to a wide-scale investigation involving corrupt policemen supplying arms and ammunition to criminals.
Thousands of weapons were surrendered to the police during the firearms amnesty of 2009 and were earmarked for destruction.
On Monday last week, police raided the house of elderly Ukrainian couple Emma Shmukler-Tishko, 65, and her husband Mark, 62, and seized 112 assault rifles, handguns, commercial explosives and detonators stored in a backroom.
Prosecutor Talita Louw told the court yesterday that among the recovered weapons were guns that should have been destroyed during the amnesty period.
Louw said that an R1 rifle handed in at the Roodepoort police station, in April 2010, during the amnesty, was among the weapons confiscated from at the couple's house in Norwood, Johannesburg.
"In May, the same rifle was officially taken out of the storeroom for destruction. It is not known how the same firearm was found in the possession of the applicants," she said.
Louw said investigators were checking the serial numbers of other firearms handed in at police stations across the country.
"There are several firearms that have visible serial numbers but are not reflected as stolen on the firearm registration system . they are still registered and have ownership."
She said many of the other confiscated arms were, according to police records, state-registered.
"The only inference that one can make is that there is more to this case than meets the eye.
''Investigations are under way to determine how these firearms left the custody of the police."
Emma Shmukler-Tishko, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, was granted R5000 bail.
She, together with her husband, and Malawian domestic worker Endi Nkhoma, 26, face charges of dealing in, and possession of, prohibited and unlicensed firearms, and dealing in, and possession of, ammunition and explosives.
The latest revelation has enraged Martin Hood, of the SA Gunowners' Association.
Hood said it was accepted that police stations were "porous" and that exhibits were stolen or sold from police stations.
"It is obvious that the police do not have proper control of firearms in their storerooms.
"Are police corrupt in the handling of firearms? - totally," said Hood.
He revealed that a pistol, handed in for destruction at Tugela Ferry police station, in KwaZulu-Natal, was used in the killing of a Gauteng Spar supermarket manager.
Hawks spokesman Captain Paul Ramaloko said the investigation of the Norwood arms cache had been widened "after certain facts came to light".
"If it's proved that these weapons were meant to be destroyed as part of the firearms amnesty, we will hold [the police officers involved] accountable.
"Wherever the investigation leads us, we will go," he said.
Investigators are trying to establish what crimes had been committed with the seized weapons.
A policeman involved in the registration of firearms said: "The police allegedly behind this could, if found guilty, be responsible for murder or other violent crimes.
"There are meant to be strict controls around police exhibit [stores] and strongrooms where weapons handed in or recovered are kept."
He said that only police station commanders and strongroom clerks were allowed access to the guns in their keeping.
"There is a critical failure around the safeguarding of the strongrooms.
"People who handed in guns for destruction did so thinking the police would destroy them but these promises have not been kept."
He said weapons earmarked for destruction had to be destroyed.
"There is no way around this," the police source said.
Graeme Hosken | 27 May, 2014 00:00
May 27 2014 9:16AM
Guns, explosives and ammunition that was found during a raid on May 22, 2014 in Johannesburg. Picture: Gallo Images
Police are still searching for an East European man they believe could shed light on the Norwood arms cache, police said on Tuesday.
"His arrest will answer the questions we have about the guns," Hawks spokesman Paul Ramaloko told Sapa.
He said the man's arrest was central to their investigations.
Three people were arrested on Thursday when police found more than 300 firearms, ammunition, and explosives at a house in Norwood, north of Johannesburg.
A Ukrainian couple and their domestic helper were arrested on allegations of renting out the weapons to hardened criminals for cash-in-transit heists and ATM bombings.
Police found R1 rifles, R4 rifles, R5 rifles, AK-47 rifles and about 300 handguns. Detonators, a machine used to manufacture ammunition, packaged dagga, and explosives used for ATM bombings.
The three, Emma Shmukler-Tishko, 62, her husband Mark, 59, and Endi Nkhoma, 26, appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday. The case was postponed to next week Tuesday for a bail application.
They face four charges, possession of unlicensed firearms, possession of ammunition, dealing in dagga, and contravention of the Explosives Act.
Ramaloko said the three would have to explain to the court why the weapons and explosives were on their premises.
The New Age
Graeme Hosken | 27 May, 2014 00:00
CACHE AND CARRY: Lawyers Modesto Saladino and Larry Marks with Emma Shmukler-Tishko and her daughter Nelly outside the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday. The Shmukler-Tishko home was raided by the police last week and a cache of illegal weapons and explosives was found Image by: DANIEL BORN
Emma Shmukler-Tishko, 62, her husband, Mark, 59 - a former Israeli soldier - and their Malawian domestic worker, Endi Nkhoma, 26, yesterday appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on charges of illegally possessing prohibited weapons, explosives and ammunition, and dagga.
The three, who are suspected of supplying for cash and renting out weapons and explosives to ATM bombers, hijackers and cash-in-transit gangs, were arrested at their Norwood home on Thursday night.
A police source said the three suspects were the subjects of a high-level investigation into a "guns for hire" syndicate that supplied weapons and explosives to criminals.
"They look like a normal elderly suburban couple but there is more to this than meets the eye.
"Explanations are needed. Just look at the weapons found ... not your normal firearms . military and paramilitary weapons, sniper rifles ... not something you simply walk into a gun store and buy," a police investigator close to the case said.
A frail and bewildered-looking Shmukler-Tishko yesterday told The Times outside the court that she was in shock.
"We have lived in our house for 25 years. I do not know how these things got there," she said.
"We are destitute ... we live a modest lifestyle, not what the police are saying."
The couple's daughter, Nelly Shmukler-Tishko, said her father still drove the car he bought 22 years ago when her parents moved to South Africa from Israel.
"This is totally bewildering. I don't know how the police can say my parents, who are frail and elderly, are arms dealers. It's beyond comprehension," she said.
Shmukler-Tishko's advocate, Modesto Saladino, speaking outside the court, said: "They have been charged but they have not been asked to plead. For now there are only allegations which we will deal with in court."
Saladino said Emma Shmukler-Tishko had, because of her health, been released on a warning. Mark Shmukler-Tishko and Nkhoma were remanded in custody.
The three are to appear in court next Tuesday for a bail application.
In the raid police recovered more than 300 handguns, hundreds of automatic and semiautomatic rifles, including military-issue sniper rifles, and commercial explosives.
Hawks spokesman Captain Paul Ramaloko said: "There is no denying that these guns were found at the house.
"The accused must now explain to the court what [the weapons and explosives] were doing on their premises."
He said that among the weapons recovered were police- and military-issue assault rifles, and AK47s.
Ramaloko said detectives were looking for another eastern European who was central to the police investigation.
"His arrest will answer a lot of questions we have about these guns and who, exactly, they were being supplied to," Ramaloko said.
COMMENTS BY SONNY
Cops have been leaking guns to criminals even before the Jackie Selebi ERA of police crime.
Stolen Police firearms were used to arm third forces 'OPERATIVES' pre 1994.
Their Generals were behind these crimes.
Only Eugene De Kock was convicted for some of these crimes.
Now communist ex Pats are flaming the fires of crime and destruction against SA society.