2007-12-14 : 'Rent-a-gun'cop fired

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2007-12-14 : 'Rent-a-gun'cop fired

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2007-12-14 14:09

'Rent-a-gun'cop fired
14/12/2007

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Tonga - A police inspector accused of selling and even renting out guns on the black market has been fired.


The 29-year-old inspector, who was in charge of confiscated weapons at the Tonga police station in Mpumalanga, was dismissed after an internal disciplinary hearing this week.


He still faces criminal charges.


He was suspended from work without pay on November 22 after a six-month investigation.


He has been given 10 days to appeal his dismissal, said station commissioner Superintendent Harry Shabangu on Thursday.


He was investigated after police arrested a Pakistani businessman on charges of possessing an unlicensed firearm.


The businessman claimed that many businesspeople in the Nkomazi area were hiring or buying guns from the policeman to protect themselves and their businesses.


The gun found on the businessman had been handed in at the Komatipoort police station last year as part of a national amnesty campaign, in which people were encouraged to hand in illegal weapons.
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