Mpumalanga traffic cops illegally armed

2012-11-18 22:15

Mbombela - Hundreds of Mpumalanga traffic officers have been carrying illegal weapons since the Mpumalanga Traffic Management Unit was transferred from the department of public works, roads and transport nearly 18 months ago.

The firearm licences are still in the name of public works, roads and transport and have not been carried over to the department of community safety, security and liaison.

“Officers are carrying weapons licensed to a department for which they don't work and the HOD of the department of public works, Kgopane Mohlasedi, is legally accountable for weapons over which he holds no command,” warned provincial Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Anthony Benadie.

The department of community safety, security and liaison took over the responsibility for licensing firearms in June 2011.

However, during the most recent legislature sitting, community safety, security and liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe admitted that his department only started with the process of licensing firearms in September 2012 and that the process has not been completed yet.

“We are busy with the process and will finalise it as soon as possible,” he promised.

Benadie said the possible legal ramifications of this oversight are immense.

“Traffic officers are potentially carrying firearms and ammunition illegally and are liable for arrest. Should any be involved in a shooting incident, specific attention will be paid to the necessary permits to carry these weapons, and the consequences will be severe,” he said.

He called for Premier David Mabuza to relocate the unit back to the department of public works, roads and transport, “even if only to ensure legal compliance”.

In terms of the law, the head of a government institution must be registered with the relevant Designated Firearms Officer.

The head of the government institution has the right to issue firearm use permits to officials and must ensure that a detailed Firearms Stock Register is kept. 

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-11-18 23:44

    I give up - are these people absolutely incapable of carrying out even the most basic of common sense administrative tasks? Unless it involves kick-backs or other self enrichment schemes, they just haven't got a clue.

      stewart.laidlaw.5 - 2012-11-19 02:46

      LOL hit nail on head.

  • rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-18 23:44

    The incompetence just never stops, it's like a river. Every day reveals yet more incompetence by the ANC. Today (Sunday 18th/11) has been especially busy. Totally incredible that anything within government still actually functions at any level.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-11-19 03:11

      We must have the busiest courts in the world. I wonder how much litigation are going on against government at any given time, because they ignore the constitution and refuse to do their jobs properly while we as taxpayers are victims of constant daylight robbery

      linda.horsfield.77 - 2012-11-19 08:07

      Your comment indicates that you think that something within government DOES function effectively. I would love an example.......

      John - 2012-11-19 08:24

      SARS runs with "GERMAN PRECISION"

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-19 01:31

    Catch these criminals then

  • tw2066 - 2012-11-19 01:36


  • John - 2012-11-19 03:32

    That in the new SA is a minor little glitch , I mean the head of traffic in Pretoria rides around with false number plates . Just another interesting day in the ANCrooked

  • Willie Olivier - 2012-11-19 04:23

    BEE and AA is blowing up in their faces!

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-11-19 05:28

    Open session on Vusi's Red Beret squad! They like to assault especially white females and brag about being armed with semi auto weapons. This info reducuces them to gangsters. Watch this space...

  • christi.roestorff - 2012-11-19 06:23

    No mention of how many have competency certificates?

  • Letlhogonolo Cuban Sealetsa - 2012-11-19 06:33

    who cares, as long as they have fire arms to protect innocent citizens

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-19 06:57

      You are a complete idiot. Cant you see from the responses that a lot of people do care. How do know that they are capable of using the firearms properly and legally. Can you assure the rest of South Africa that these cops will protect innocent people and that the cops will not let the firearms be used to commit crimes, remember that the firearms cannot be traced back to the people(cops) who have them ( same as a Stolen one)

      stavious.mamatepa - 2012-11-19 07:37

      @Gerald thats not true whether its a state or a company firearm it must be registered with your names as an individual.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-19 07:25

    I'm not surprised to read this story about them!

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-11-19 07:27

    So what is the big deal as the criminals all carry illegal fire arms too.

  • henk.venter.754 - 2012-11-19 08:24

    benade, jy is belaglik!!!

  • mahlekzabk.mahlalela - 2012-11-19 08:33

    How this can be true

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-11-19 11:35

    MEC Vusi Shongwe admitted that his department only started with the process of licensing firearms in September 2012. HAWU that's about two months ago, another process that's gonna take other year. Government people like processes that are not Constructive and they know very well that these processes are not productive at all.

  • Fhedzani Sadiki - 2012-11-20 20:48

    not news but a technicality...its not like the guns were handed over to citizens...

  • Lenny Maniki - 2013-06-07 10:23

    Our goverment has failed us how can department of public work, roads and transport are lincense to firearm regulation where there is office of safety and security liason officer.does show security measure are not apply maybe guptagate is responsible for supply of ammunition, as they land her without they goods are monitored or search.

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