Former top cop Christiaan Prinsloo sentenced to 18 years

The former senior cop admitted to 11 charges of corruption, racketeering, theft and money laundering.

FILE: Former police officer Christiaan Prinsloo exists court. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant /EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A former senior police officer accused of peddling guns to Western Cape gangsters has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a slew of charges against him.

Christiaan Prinsloo has been charged under the prevention of organised crime act after he and other colleagues sold South African Police Service-confiscated weapons to gangster connections.

Prinsloo, through a plea agreement with the State, admitted to 11 charges of corruption, racketeering, theft and money laundering.

With his hands clasped behind him, fidgeting nervously, Prinsloo detailed his role in the gun peddling ring to a packed court room.

The former police colonel, with 35 years' service, admitted he used his position and resources as head of a Germiston amoury to supply weapons to criminals and an arms dealer.

Over a period of eight years, Prinsloo says he and other colleagues stole 2,400 guns, making more than R2 million.

Prinsloo will serve the 18-year jail term effective immediately.