Mchunu denies his dept has lost guns

2010-06-29 00:00

KWAZULU-Natal Transport MEC Willis Mchunu yesterday contradicted his department spokesperson, Lungile Ndlovu, on the issue of missing guns from one of his directorates.

He described recent media reports about the missing firearms in his department as malicious and aimed at disgracing his department.

The Witness reported on Friday that more than 40 firearms went missing from the Public Transport Enforcement Unit (PTEU) under the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI), with at least four of those being LM6 semi-automatic assault rifles.

A reliable source confirmed the weapons were missing, saying that no one has been held accountable.

According to the source, this has been happening since the early 1990s, with four LM6 rifles going missing in 2006.

“There have not been any missing guns in my department at the Mkondeni camp. In fact there are no arms kept at this base,” said Mchunu in a statement yesterday.

“My department has been an accredited official institution in terms of Section 8 of the Firearms Act 2000 (Act 60) since 1994. Every official firearm lost, damaged or stolen is reported to the police and cases investigated properly.

“Since we took over the armoury in 2004, only 11 firearms have been reported lost or stolen and those cases are investigated.”

Mchunu cited insiders in the department who perpetrate “these malicious lies” with the aim of bringing his name into disrepute.

Mchunu’s statement contradicts his department spokeswoman, Ndlovu, who had stated that a total of 47 firearms were lost and reported to the police.

“Records of these firearms are kept on the police firearms register. With regard to action against the transgressors, the duty to discipline an officer is the function of the supervisors and station commanders of the respective officers who have had firearms lost or stolen from their control,” Ndlovu commented on Friday.

She denied that her directorate has control of ML6 rifles.

Police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge said he knows nothing about the missing firearms.

Yesterday, Democratic Alliance spokesman on transport Radley Keys said he has written a letter to the MEC demanding an explanation on the matter, as the loss of firearms has serious implications.

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