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Three in court for Norwood gun cache

Johannesburg - Three people arrested after the discovery of firearms, ammunition, and explosives at a house in Norwood, appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday, the Hawks said.

The matter was postponed to July 15 for a formal bail application for two of the accused.

A display of 7-round handguns. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton. Credit: Reuters

Emma Shumler-Tishko, 62, her husband Mark, 59, and Endi Nkhoma, 26 were charged with possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, dealing in dagga, and contravention of the Explosives Act.

Wheelchair-bound Emma was out on bail of R5000 because of her condition.

The Ukranian couple and Nkhoma were arrested at the couple's house in Norwood, north of Johannesburg on May 22.

Police found R1, R4, R5, and AK-47 rifles, and about 300 handguns at the house.

Detonators, a machine used to manufacture ammunition, packaged dagga, and explosives used for ATM bombings were also confiscated.

During their last appearance, prosecutor Talita Louw told the court that some of the firearms in the cache were handed to police for destruction during a national firearms amnesty in 2009.

The firearms were suspected to have been sold by corrupt police officers, Louw said.

Sapa

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