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Johannesburg - A man who has been in prison for two months, and who was refused bail a third time, says he’s being victimised by the National Prosecuting Authority.
Johan Joubert was arrested in July on charges of illegal possession of firearms after allegedly trying to hand over two weapons to the NPA because he suspected they were linked to a criminal syndicate.
Last week, his third bail application hearing at the Hammanskraal mobile Magistrate’s Court was scuppered, and he was once again remanded.
Now Joubert is claiming he is being victimised by the NPA, which has denied the allegation.
In a written statement, Joubert said a staffer on his farm had approached him in July. The man was in possession of two firearms which he believed were a police-issue .38 revolver and a zip gun.
Joubert suspected the guns were illegal and contacted the NPA, which, he said, wanted to place him and his wife in witness protection.
But he claims it was decided that he would keep the firearms until July 30, when he would point out the location of the guns to the police. He claims that when he took police officers to the site, he was arrested, which was confirmed by the police.
NPA spokesman Medupe Simasiku provided a different version of events.
He said the accused had visited a friend in the Hammanskraal area, carrying two firearms. He asked the friend if he could place the guns in his safe.
“The police got hold of such information about the firearms and they visited the place, and found the firearms. He was then arrested for such possession,” said Simasiku. He added there had been no arrangement to hand over the firearms.