UPDATE: Farmer arrested with guns, hand grenades and ammunition

08 Feb 2016 17:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 08 FEB (NAMPA) - The man accused of illegally keeping machine guns, hand grenades and 10 000 rounds of ammunition at his farm near the Osire Refugee Resettlement Farm, appeared in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on Monday afternoon.
Johannes Mostert, 53, appeared before Otjiwarongo Magistrate, Helvi Shilemba.
Mostert was represented in court by Windhoek-based private lawyer, Willem Hendrik Visser of Stern and Bernard Legal Practitioners.
Mostert is facing charges of possession of illegal dangerous weapons, and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) laid by his ex-wife.
Public prosecutor, Johannes Kalipi opposed bail to Mostert on the grounds that he faces serious cases and that the accused might interfere with police investigations.
Mostert was remanded in custody, and his case was postponed to 20 April 2016.
Visser said he will on Wednesday bring to court a formal bail application.
The Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Armas Shivute in an exclusive interview with Nampa on Monday said Mostert was arrested last Thursday at Farm Swartmodder.
Farm Swartmodder is situated approximately 135 kilometres south of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Shivute explained that Mostert was arrested during a police operation.
He also had a variety of combatant uniforms of the former Swapo military wing, the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), as well as the South West African Territorial Force (SWATF), and South West African Police Force (SWAPF) were found on the farm.
Some of the recovered military equipment include 15 guns (AK 47, R1, R5), hand grenades and hunting rifles.