'Gang boss' not off the hook in gun licence fraud case

The NPA provisionally withdrew charges against Ralp Stanfield and his co-accused in a gun licence fraud case.

FILE: Ralph Stanfield. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has provisionally withdrawn charges against an alleged 28s gang boss and his co-accused in a gun licence fraud case.

Ralph Stanfield and five others appeared in the Khayelitsha Magistrates Court yesterday on charges of fraud and corruption.

They were arrested in 2014 during joint sting operations in Cape Town and Pretoria.

The State has withdrawn the charges against the accused because the prosecution could not provide the charge sheet to the defence.

The NPA has, however, indicated the group will be charged again and the matter will be back on the roll.

Three police officers who worked at the Central Firearm Registry in Pretoria are among the accused.

The State alleges they were involved in an illegal gun licensing syndicate with Stanfield and two others.

It's alleged they provided licences to illegitimate gun owners in a matter of days, by-passing a process that normally takes four to six weeks.