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Alleged underworld kingpin out on bail in high profile gun licence scandal

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Following a nearly three-year-long investigation, 16 people, including SAPS officials and kingpin Nafiz Modack, were arrested.

Following the arrest of alleged Cape Town underworld figure Nafiz Modack and a number of South African Police Service (SAPS) officials on Tuesday 16 June on charges of fraud, corruption, defeating the administration of justice and contravention of the Firearms Control Act, the controversial Cape Town businessman has been released on bail.

The arrests are all in connection to an investigation into alleged “wheeling and dealing” within the Central Firearm Registry (CFR) that implicates a host of SAPS officials too.

The arrests follow a nearly three-year-long investigation into corruption at a number of Gauteng SAPS offices for their involvement in equipping Modack and his family, friends and associates with firearms that were deemed to be legally obtained through corrupt offices. 

On Wednesday 17 June, Modack and several of his co-accused were granted bail set at R10 000.

INVESTIGATION INTO MISCONDUCT ONGOING SINCE 2018

The investigation into corruption at the SAPS Edenvale, Norwood and Kempton Park offices (among others) began in 2018, when seemingly legitimate firearm licences in the possession of Modack and his cohorts were disputed by Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) operations leader in the Western Cape, Major General Andre Lincoln. 

It was then that the investigations started to reveal, among others issues, that residential addresses were falsified on the applications, information regarding the status of applicants were not revealed, and mandatory checks by police Designated Firearm Officers (DFO’s) were not conducted.

A litany of SAPS officials are among the arrests, having been charged with corruption due to the fact that they allowed for the licences to be distributed.

MODACK RELEASED ON R10 000 BAIL

Modack, along with another accused, Anwa Gallie, were released on Wednesday on R10 000 bail after making a court appearance at the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court. 

Sergeant Lesiba Rodney Masoga was granted R5000 bail with no bail conditions.

Modack will have to report at Bothasig police station three times a week, with several more of the suspects, including his wife Rehana Ismail, set to appear in the South Gauteng High Court on 10 July 2020 together with the other thirteen accused plus the following accused.

Modack was also acquitted of his involvement in the alleged extortion of the Grand Africa cafe in Cape Town earlier in 2020.

WHO’S BEEN ARRESTED?  

The following arrests have now been effected in this investigation:

  • Brigadier Hlamalane Lettie Matshene Pretoria (arrested 10/06/2020)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Moshato Alfred Moloto, Pretoria (arrested 10/06/2020)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence Sehati Semono, Pretoria (arrested 10/06/2020)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Nonhlanhla Gladys Skosana, Kempton Park  (arrested 10/06/2020)
  • Captain Khulekani Samuel Mncube , Pretoria (arrested 10/06/2020)
  • Sergeant Koena Welheminah Nkoana, Norwood (arrested 10/06/2020)
  • Sergeant Lesiba Rodney Masoga, Norwood  (arrested 16/06/2020)
  • Sergeant Matseleng Emily Mokwena, Edenvale (arrested 11/06/2020)
  • Ex-Colonel Selo Solomon Motau, Formerly from Pretoria  (arrested 10/06/2020)
  • Ex-Constable MB Chokoe, Kempton Park (arrested 10/06/2020)
  • Abdullah Mehtar (Acapulco Sports and Guns Owner) (arrested 14/06/2020)
  • Mahomed Riaz Moosa (Acapulco Sports and Guns Owner) (arrested 14/06/2020)
  • Yaaseen Modack  (applicant) (arrested 05/06/2020)
  • Nafiz Modack   (applicant) (arrested 16/06/2020)
  • Abdulaliem Ismail  (applicant)  (arrested 05/06/2020)
  • Anwa Gallie   (applicant) (arrested 16/06/2020.

A further five people are “yet to be arrested”, according to National Police spokesperson brigadier Vishnu Naidoo. 

“Following the almost three-year-long investigation J50 Warrants for the arrest were issued for at least 21 suspects,” said Naidoo.

“Since earlier this month, General Lincoln’s team together with the Gauteng Provincial Investigation Unit (PIU) embarked on an operation and began arresting the persons of interest.”

The National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla Sitole, has applauded the perseverance of the team in seeing the investigation through.

“We are systematically identifying and routing out corruption and corrupt members from the SAPS”, said Sitole. 

“The most effective way of dealing with corruption is to prevent it and in order to do this, I am urging both members of the SAPS as well as the community at large to refrain from engaging in such activities – because you WILL be caught”, said Sitole.  

The SouthAfrican

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