Arms dealer granted bail in Cape court

Alan Ravers was granted bail of R20,000 in the Bellville Magistrates Court for smuggling firearms.

Alan Ravers was granted bail of R20,000 in the Bellville Magistrates Court for smuggling firearms into the province. He faces a total of 34 charges. Picture: Monique Mortlock.EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A suspect has been granted bail after appearing in the Bellville Magistrates Court on Friday on charges related to smuggling firearms.

Alan Ravers, a 50-year-old arms dealer, was arrested in Vereeniging, Gauteng, earlier this week and faces 34 charges.

Detectives arrested Ravers as part of 'Operation Combat', an anti-gang strategy. Officers seized a number of firearms, including high-powered assault rifles.

The State claims he's been working with former police officer Christiaan Prinsloo, who is currently out on bail after he was arrested for allegedly selling firearms to criminals in the Cape. Prinsloo is facing 28 charges including fraud, corruption, racketeering and money laundering.

Raves has been granted bail of R20,000.

The State added that Ravers is a private firearms collector and has an extensive collection of firearms and ammunition.

The police's Major General Jeremy Vearey said Ravers and Prinsloo are facing similar charges.

"Mr Ravers will be appearing with Colonel Prinsloo on racketeering-related charges, theft of firearms, corruption and tampering with particular firearms."

The two men will appear in court together next month.