January 26, 2021

SAPS loses 9.5 million rounds of ammunition in 6 years

Image: SAPS members on parade at the Cape Town train station during a visit by Police Minister Bheki Cele on 6 May 2019. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

Ncuthukazi Webber 

The South African Police Service says 9.5 million rounds of ammunition are unaccounted for over the last six financial years.

4 357 firearms have also been reported as missing during the same period.

The police minister, Bheki Cele, revealed the staggering figures after being questioned by Dr. Pieter Groenewald, the leader of the Freedom Front Plus in parliament.

The question posed to the Minister aimed to find out the number of firearms and how much ammunition in possession of the police were reported lost or stolen in each province.

Dr. Groenewald expressed his shock and criticized the Minister for the negligence in losing the ammunition and firearms. In an article on PoliticalWeb, Dr Groenewald issued a response in which he said, “Minister Cele himself said that the government wants to impose stricter conditions for the possession of firearms for self-defense in an attempt to reduce violent crime, especially murders. It, however, does not help to blame the legal owners of private firearms for crimes that are committed with firearms.

 The Minister’s Department should get the blame. A firearm without ammunition is useless.”

He also stated that the FF Plus will request that the Police portfolio committee urgently hold a discussion on this matter, identify those responsible and hold them accountable for their actions.

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