South Africa: Slain Cop Kinnear's Unit Arrests Two SAPS Station Commanders for Firearm Licence Corruption

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Two Gauteng police station commanders, who were being investigated by Anti-Gang Unit Lieutenant-Colonel Charl Kinnear a week before his assassination for their alleged connection with a gun licence racket, have been arrested.

The arrests were temporarily put on hold after Kinnear's murder in Bishop Lavis on 18 September. Kinnear was due to personally make the arrests.

Kinnear's Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) colleagues have ensured that his three-year investigation to expose corrupt police officers was not in vain.

On Tuesday 27 October, during a combined operation between members of the Western Cape AGU and the national Anti-Corruption Unit, the teams apprehended the two station commanders. They are facing charges of fraud, defeating the ends of justice and the contravention of the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000 relating to multiple dockets in Edenvale, Kempton Park and Norwood.

Twenty-six others were arrested in connection with these cases in June 2020.

Of the total 28 suspects, 17 are police officers (two retired) and 11 civilians, including alleged underworld figure Nafiz Modack and some of his family members.

On 26 June, Modack, eight high-ranking police officers and two former officers were nabbed on suspicion of gun-related charges. They briefly appeared in the Kempton...

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