Cops have lost more than 1?500 firearms

2014-03-21 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Police officers in South Africa have lost more than 1 500 firearms during the past two financial years.

Some of the weapons have either been stolen by police officers themselves or have been lost by them.

Police minister Nathi Mthethwa told Parliament this week that only 184 of the 1 505 firearms, which have either been stolen or lost, had been found again.

Mthethwa responded to a question by ANC MP Thjeta Mofokeng from the National Council of Provinces.

Mofekeng also wanted to know from the minister whether any regulations or measures had been put in place in the police service to monitor the management and control of firearms.

The minister then replied that a total of 834 firearms had been reported missing in the 2012/13 financial year. Of these, 101 had been recovered.

From April 1, 2013, to the end of February 2014, 671 firearms had been reported missing.

Eighty-three of these weapons had been found.

Mthethwa also said that 153 firearms went missing in the 2012/13 financial year during the change-over of duty shifts or inspections. Police officers also lost 156 firearms.

A further 144 firearms had been stolen during robberies in townships and other areas. Of these, 146 were stolen during burglaries, 150 taken out of privately owned vehicles and 151 from police stations or storerooms.

The same number of firearms was reported missing in similar circumstances between April 1, 2013, and the end of February 2014.

Some of the measures taken to control firearms are to attach bar codes to the weapons, have them certified every two years, do stock control annually, provide police officers with safes, inspect and test firearms regularly, and also to ensure that internal police rules are strictly adhered to.

The police in the Western Cape have not responded to efforts to find out how many firearms have been reported lost in that province.

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