Police chief’s bodyguard can add lost weapon to list of crashed cars

2014-07-23 00:00

A GUN allocated to one of Metro Police chief Eugene Nzama’s bodyguards is missing after his latest high-speed car accident.

It has now emerged that:

• Thamsanqa Mbongwa’s Glock 17 was either lost or stolen in the accident.

• Metro Police top brass and Nzama have yet to report the theft of the gun, 10 days after the crash.

Mbongwa remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Mbongwa, part of Nzama’s phalanx of dedicated guards, crashed a second Golf GTI into a taxi last week, his second accident in just over a year.

Mbongwa had been suspended from driving in March last year when he crashed the first high-performance vehicle allocated to the protection detail.

The taxpayer now bears the burden of his heavy foot — with the officer racking up near R1 million in damages from written-off cars.

A Metro Police insider, who could not be named as he is not authorised to speak to the press, told The Witness Mbongwa’s gun was missing.

“The gun was either stolen or missing after the accident. There is a good chance that another dangerous weapon is on the streets because members of the community viciously assaulted Mbongwa after he hit the taxi,” he said.

“It is nearly 10 days after the accident and the theft or loss of the firearm has still not been reported. This should have been within 24 hours of the incident at the closest police station and now Metro Police management are in contravention of the firearms control act.”

A second well-placed source confirmed that no case had been opened.

According to legislation, “a person is guilty of an offence in terms of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No 60 of 2000), if he/she fails to report the loss or theft of a firearm within 24 hours”.

SAPS spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed that no theft of a firearm had been reported. He said officers at the KwaDabeka police station where the case would need to be reported, had no record of the gun theft.

City spokespeople did not respond to questions at the time of going to press.

• jeff.wicks@witness.co.za

082 073 8565

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