The military court released 12 army members with only a warning after they were arrested in connection with the disappearance of nineteen R4 assault rifles.
The army members were arrested between December 24 and 27, 2019 on charges of housebreaking, theft and negligent loss of firearms after the disappearance of the weapons from the storeroom on their base.
The suspects, including captains, lieutenants, sergeants, and staff sergeants, were denied bail a week ago because the investigating officer and the then presiding military judge feared they might interfere with the investigation and evidence. It was then postponed for further investigation until Friday.
Their release is subject to various conditions, including moving the four officers and eight deputy officers from the Lyttelton Tek base in Centurion to other units in the Pretoria area.
According to reports from Network 24, Brian Plaatjies, the attorney for 11 of the accused, as well