First on EWN: Arrested top cop will be suspended

Colonel Chris Prinsloo was arrested after bullets belonging to the SAPS were discovered at his home.

FILE: Colonel Chris Prinsloo was arrested after bullets belonging to the SAPS were discovered at his home. Picture: Saps.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learned an operation by a police task team from the Western Cape has led to the arrest of one of Gauteng's top policemen, a colonel with over 35 years of service.

Colonel Chris Prinsloo was arrested after 750 rounds of ammunition was discovered at his home in Vereeniging but the investigation runs much deeper and has been underway for over a year.

Prinsloo appeared in court this week, was released on R5,000 bail and now faces suspension while his trial runs its course.

The police's Solomon Makgale says the arrest relates strictly to the ammunition found at the colonel's house.

"This is the property of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and it should not have been removed from where it was."

But Eyewitness News understands the investigation by the Western Cape team is exploring links between the police and criminal gangs and the sale of firearms, ammunition and gun licences.

There's no confirmation at this stage whether Prinsloo is linked to this in any way.

Makgale says an internal disciplinary process is underway.

"We're still putting together the necessary information so that he can be given a letter of suspension in line with the policy of the organisation but suspended he will be."

Prinsloo was renowned for his knowledge of firearm laws and will be appearing in court again soon.