WEILDING A FIRE ARM

S v HLONGWANE 2014 (2) SACR 397 (GP) (LEGAL REPORTS 11)

Robbery — Aggravating circumstances — What constitutes — Expression  ‘wielding a firearm’ in definition of ‘aggravating circumstances’ in s 1 of Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 not attempt by legislature to interfere with established scope of other subprovisions — Word ‘wielding’ not to be interpreted to exclude every other action involving weapon from amounting to threat for purposes of subpara (iii) of definition or be interpreted restrictively within confines of subparagraph — ‘Wielding’, however, to be interpreted restrictively within paragraph as whole —  Something more than mere possession or holding required.

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