Today Black First Land First (BLF) opened a criminal case against Adriaan Snyman for the gross negligent handling of a firearm and asked that a declaration of unfitness for Snyman to possess a firearm be made by the Court in due course.
The case was opened at the Hillbrow Police Station and bears the reference CAS 60/8/2018. In this regard BLF provided the police with sound evidence on a sworn affidavit by its Deputy President, Zanele Lwana. In summation the salient points of the case against Snyman are as follows:
– On Saturday 28 July 2018 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, in full view of the public, discharged several shots from a firearm at the fifth birthday celebrations of the EFF which was held at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium, in Mdantsane. Malema was given the firearm by Adriaan Snyman, who is owner of two security companies including Tactical Security Services which sources and trains former military and police personnel to provide security services.
– Snyman, had been providing security guards for Malema since his days as the ANC Youth League president.
– In giving the firearm to a person who does not have ‘a licence, permit, authorisation or registration certificate’ for that firearm, Snyman committed the crime of negligently handling the firearm.
– The fact that Snyman gave Malema a firearm which he used to discharge numerous shots into the atmosphere at a public event – thereby putting the lives of many people in danger – is an aggravating factor.
BLF has asked that upon the conviction of Snyman for offence(s) relating to the gross negligent handling of a firearm, that a declaration of the unfitness of Snyman to possess a firearm in terms of Section 103(1) of the new Firearms Control Act must be made by the Court.
Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)
2 August 2018
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