ANC youth leader bodyguard on trial
16 April 2011 Leave a comment
As Julius Malema’s “Kill Boer” hate-speech trial continues in the South Gauteng High Court, it was revealed that his Durban-based chief bodyguard, Adriaan Snyman, is presently standing trial, accused of conspiring to commit a cash-in- transit robbery.(source: Paul Kirk, the Citizen).
The gun-toting heavies drew attention from the media as they escorted Malema to court when the trial started. Johannesburg lawyer Martin Hood, who specialises in firearms law, told The Super Saturday Citizen that he was “enraged” that people he described as “common thugs” were allowed to invade the courts. Firearms are not allowed in court, the only exception being the police. The law also prohibits firearms from being carried openly by security guards.
“These thugs have blatantly broken the law, have blatantly attempted to intimidate people, have blatantly attempted to scare judicial officers. Someone needs to ask whether they were legally in possession of those weapons. We need to know whether the guards carrying the firearms are properly registered bodyguards who are accredited with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority,” Hood said.
A prosecutor in the Durban Magistrate’s Court said it was “very, very bad news when accused persons are allowed into court carrying assault rifles. “What would a witness think when they see the person they are testifying against carrying a machine gun in court? What would happen if a cop who had arrested the person sees him running from court with an assault rifle, thinks the worst and starts shooting?” the prosecutor asked.
Captain Shane Smith of the Durban Organised Crime Unit told The Super Saturday Citizen that Snyman’s trial would commence again in June. “I don’t want to convict the man in the media, but he is facing some very serious charges and if he is convicted, faces 15 or more years in jail. Initially, there was talk that he would plead guilty, but the trial is continuing. If he is convicted, he would be prevented from working in the security industry and would not be allowed firearm licences,” he said. Smith added that the police alleged that Snyman and his associate, who worked for SBV Services at the time, planned to stage an armed robbery in which R4 million would be stolen. Snyman and his associate allegedly approached two Bluff policemen to assist them in the robbery. However, after getting “cold feet”, one went to SBV and “spilt the beans”. “We made that policeman a Section 204 witness. He might possibly be given indemnity for his part in the plot, providing the magistrate rules that he has testified truthfully…
“This was going to be a simple organised handover, after which a false case of armed robbery would then be opened, in which the guards claim they were robbed at gunpoint. Afterwards the cash was to be divided up,” said Smith.