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Cape 'gang kingpin's' case postponed again

Ralph Stanfield appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates Court with five other co-accused today.

Ralph Stanfield, who's out on R100,000 bail, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates Court with five other co-accused on 4 September, 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

Cape Town - The case against six people, including an alleged Cape Town gang boss, arrested in connection with a gun licence racket, has been postponed until next year.

Alleged 28s gang boss Ralph Stanfield, who's out on R100,000 bail, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates Court along with his five other co-accused earlier on Thursday.

The accused were arrested in sting operations held in Cape Town and Pretoria in June.

They are appearing on various charges including fraud and corruption.

Three Pretoria-based police officers also face charges in connection with the firearms licensing racket.

The three officers were arrested at the Pretoria Central Firearm Registry and are required to report to police stations once a week as part of their bail conditions.

The six suspects allegedly issued licenses for top-of-the-range weapons within a two-week period.

The normal timeframe for the issuing of such licenses is three to six months.

The matter was remanded for further investigation.

Stanfield, the three police officials and two women are due back in the dock on 23 February.

The bulk of the investigation is taking place in Gauteng.

The court heard because the matter is still being probed, more arrests are still possible.

Throughout proceedings, Stanfield and his co-accused appeared calm in the dock.

While arguing for bail in July, Stanfield's attorney Pete Mihalik said his client would not interfere with any witnesses or the case.

He also pointed out his client has no previous convictions or pending cases.

Pictures by Thomas Holder/EWN

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