A Pagad member has been arrested after cops allegedly found illegal ammunition at his house.
Aslam Toefy, a member of crime-fighting organisation People Against Gangsterism and Drugs, was bust at his home in Schaap Road, Schaapkraal, yesterday.
Toefy, 67, will appear in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court today.
A neighbour who did not want to be indentified said 10 police vehicles, some unmarked, arrived at the larney property just after 9am, shortly after a police helicopter circled the area.
“A helicopter was circling the area, within three minutes I saw police pull up and they just entered his house,” the man tells Daily Voice.
Dozens of cops swarmed the house, as well as the property next door, also owned by Toefy.
The Daily Voice saw SAPS members, as well as members of the K9 Unit and forensic specialists enter the properties.
The media was barred from taking photos of Toefy, who was wearing a red shirt, as cops formed a circle around him.
Police on the scene were tight-lipped about the reason behind the raid, and what they found on the premises.
Four SAPS officers could be seen carrying several loaded black bags and forensic bags, from the house, before placing it into a forensics vehicle.
By 2pm, the scene was cleared and Toefy was driven from the premises in a police vehicle.
Pagad member Salie Abader arrived at the scene just after 11am.
Abader said he did not see the search warrant, so couldn’t say why Toefy’s house was raided.
“I came here to support Aslam. I don’t know what they have against him. This man has been doing good work, going to schools and hosting drug awareness talks with learners,” Abader said.
Abader said Toefy, a former tour operator and director of the Dhuyufullah Hajj & Umrah Group, was part of Pagad’s schools outreach group, teaching children about the dangers of gangsterism and drugs.
He is also a former SA rugby hero.
Pagad spokesperson Haroon Orrie slammed the police, saying the raid was a waste of valuable resources.
“We feel this operation was unnecessary, nothing illegal was found as far as we are aware. Perhaps he (Toefy) was negligent with his legal firearms, but the process and resources used were totally unnecessary,” Orrie said.
Lieutenant Colonel André Traut said: “This office can confirm that a 67-year-old man has been arrested for being in the illegal possession of ammunition. The suspect will appear in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on said charges.”