Hawks WC arrest right-wing suspect for possession of illegal firearms

The Hawks in the Western Cape arrested a suspected member of a right-wing organisation Danie Groenewald who is linked to the Boerelegioen (Boere Legion).

Members of the Boerelegioen describe it as 'a passive organisation devoted to defending white South Africans against being slaughtered and having their land and property stolen'.

Hawks Western Cape spokesperson, Captain Philani Nkwalase says they acted on a tip-off and preliminary investigations were conducted.

He says the investigation is still ongoing and there more people could be arrested.

During the arrest, the investigation team of the Hawks uncovered two firearms and ammunition at a farm near Port Elizabeth.

Groenewald appeared in the Hankey Magistrate Court on Thursday. He was granted R1000 bail and the matter was then postponed to 22 May for further investigations.

Captain Philani Nkwalase, Spokesperson - Hawks Western Cape

Our investigation is limited to criminal activities because in South Africa being in possession of ammunition and illegal firearms is a chargeable offence.

Captain Philani Nkwalase, Spokesperson - Hawks Western Cape

Nkwalase says the scope of the investigation is not to probe the existence of Boerelegioen as citizens are at liberty to form organisations in this country.

We do not want to venture into political motivations as to why groups are formed.

Captain Philani Nkwalase, Spokesperson - Hawks Western Cape

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