Military base robbery guards fell asleep, inquiry finds

2016-05-09 16:30
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Cape Town - A military inquiry concluded that negligence and a failure to obey orders were behind a robbery at the Tempe Military Base in 2015, a parliamentary reply has revealed.

"The guards were on official duty when the incident occurred but they were asleep on guard duty," the reply from the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans said of the attack last August.

The guards were attacked and robbed of their weapons and equipment while on duty at an entrance to the base.

Two R4 rifles, a radio, two magazines, two weapon belts, two lanyards and 60 rounds worth a total of around R18 000 were stolen in the robbery.

A board of inquiry was set up and completed its work in October, the department told FF Plus MP Pieter Groenewald, who had submitted a question for written reply.

According to the reply released on Monday, the loss of the weapons and equipment could be contributed to negligence, a lack of discipline and failure to obey orders and instructions.

It also found that a security fence, cameras and security lights around the warehouse were not up to standard.

The guards did not adhere to the orders of the adjutant and the inquiry also found that they had been posted by a driver rather than the guard commander.

The training of protection services guards was also not up to standard.

The inquiry recommended the upgrading of security measures and the development of a specific training program for protection services members. 

Nobody has been arrested in connection with the robbery.

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