2007-08-28 : Three held for beating of gun complainant

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2007-08-28 : Three held for beating of gun complainant

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2007-09-21 07:35

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Three held for beating of gun complainant
Lee Rondganger
August 28 2007 at 08:56AM


Three people accused of beating up a 70-year-old whistleblower have
been arrested.


Police swooped on Joburg gun trainer Nelisiwe Mola, her son Themba and
Richard Sibobi in a planned pre-dawn raid on Monday.


The trio are accused of assaulting 70-year-old Michael Lingwood, who
laid fraud charges against Mola and her son for allegedly issuing
fraudulent gun competency certificates to people who were not given
basic training, such as how to load a firearm.


Just hours after they were arrested at their homes in Soweto, they
appeared in the Johannesburg magistrate's court and were each granted
R1 000 bail.


They face charges of attempted murder, assault and the unlawful
pointing of a firearm.



Their cases have been postponed until September 17.


A week ago, the trio allegedly attacked Lingwood in his office in the
Joburg city centre.


He was allegedly kicked and punched repeatedly in the face and body by
Themba and Sibobi while Mola allegedly pointed her firearm at him. He
spent a day in the intensive care unit of Bedford Gardens Hospital in
Bedfordview and was discharged from hospital two days later.


The assault happened just days after the Safety and Security Sector
Education Authority launched an investigation into Mola, an accredited
gun trainer, for allegedly issuing fraudulent gun competency
certificates to 83 people across Joburg while she worked for Laduma
Firearm Training cc.


Laduma Firearm Training was owned by Lingwood's son Jack, who has
closed the company and emigrated.


With a gun competency certificate, people can apply for a police
competency card that would allow them to apply for jobs in the
security industry, where their employers can legally give them loaded
guns.




o This article was originally published on page 2 of The Star on August 28, 2007
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