The South African Police Service (SAPS) has reportedly lost 4 357 firearms and more than 9.5 million rounds over the past six years, according to Freedom Front Plus leader, Pieter Groenewald.
Police Minister Bheki Cele reportedly revealed this shocking figures in response to a parliamentary question posed by Groenewald.
“The question to the minister was what number of firearms and how much ammunition in possession of the police were reported lost or stolen in each province respectively,” Groenewald said.
“These figures are shocking and totally unacceptable, particularly the loss of ammunition.
“It is incomprehensible that more than 3 million rounds of ammunition can go missing in a province during a single year and nobody knows how it happened.
“No wonder violent crime is out of control. The police service seems to be the biggest provider of illegal ammunition.”
According to the DAILY Voice, the highest number of ammunition that ever went missing was in Eastern Cape where they lost 3.2 million rounds of ammunition in 2016/17.
Groenewald said measures placed by Cele were nothing more than just “standard rules and procedures” and were not being enforced enough.
“Minister Cele himself said that government wants to impose stricter conditions for the possession of firearms for self-defence in an attempt to reduce violent crime, especially murders.
“It, however, does not help to blame the legal owners of private firearms for crimes that are committed with firearms.”
Groenewald said they will request that the chairperson of the portfolio committee for police, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, urgently schedule a discussion for this matter.