Former cop in court for supplying criminals with guns

Christiaan Prinsloo was first arrested at his Vereeniging home in January this year, but was later released.

FILE: The 55-year-old former colonel appeared in the Bellville Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Picture: Saps.

CAPE TOWN - A former Vereeniging policeman has been granted R20,000 bail for allegedly supplying criminals in the Cape with South African Police Services firearms.

The 55-year-old former colonel appeared in the Bellville Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Christiaan Prinsloo was first arrested at his Vereeniging home in January this year, but was later released.

Further investigations led to his re-arrest earlier this week.

He was then transported to Cape Town in an effort to centralise all the charges against him.

The prosecution said the former officer was in charge of the armoury where police-issued firearms were kept.

The prosecution further alleged the man sold the guns to gangsters in Cape Town.

He is due back in court in September.

PRINSLOO FACES 28 CHARGES

Prinsloo faces 28 charges including fraud, corruption, racketeering and money laundering.

The state says it's not opposing bail, as the former police officer won't compromise the safety of the public and is not a flight risk

He served 35 years in the police force.

Prinsloo resigned from the Saps shortly after he was apprehended for the first time earlier this year.