Phiyega: More arrests to follow top GP cop's

Chris Prinsloo was arrested in connection with the discovery of 750 rounds of ammunition at his house.

FILE: National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.  Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega says more arrests will follow that of a senior Gauteng colonel accused of being unlawfully in possession of hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Eyewitness News this morning revealed that Colonel Chris Prinsloo, who has served 35 years in the South African Police Service, was arrested in connection with the discovery of 750 rounds of ammunition at his house.

The arrest is part of a wider investigation that has been running for over a year and is being conducted by a Western Cape task team.

Phiyega said while she was sad to learn of Prinsloo's arrest, she is encouraged by the effective use of Crime Intelligence.

"We want to assure the nation that the highest levels of ethical and professional conduct are demanded."

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

He will appear in court again in March.

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

Prinsloo was renowned for his knowledge of firearm laws.

At the same time, the Democratic Alliance said it's concerned about hundreds of police firearm s which have vanished from police stations and found their way into the hands of criminals.

Last week, over 9,000 confiscated weapons were destroyed in Vereeniging with Phiyega and senior police leadership overseeing the process.