Ammo, anyone?

Staff Writer | Aug 13, 2019
The South African Police Service ‘lost’ more than 9.5 million rounds of ammunition over the past six years.

It also lost 4 357 firearms over the same period.

This emerged from a parliamentary question to Minister of Police Bheki Cele by Freedom Front Plus leader Dr Pieter Groenewald.

Groenewald said of the ‘shocking’ loss of 9 555 426 rounds of ammunition: ‘No wonder violent crime is out of control. The police service seems to be the biggest provider of illegal ammunition.’

He said in a statement that the ‘greatest quantity of ammunition that went missing in a single year was in the Eastern Cape where 3,2 million (3 231 406) rounds of ammunition went missing in 2016/2017’.

‘It is incomprehensible that more than 3 million rounds of ammunition can go missing in a province during a single year and nobody knows how it happened.’

Groenewald added: ‘President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Minister both regularly make statements about the need for stricter control of firearms. Minister Cele himself said that the government wants to impose stricter conditions for the possession of firearms for self-defence 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.’


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