CT police officials being probed over missing firearms

Police officers responsible for the internal control of firearms at two police stations are being investigated, along with their station commanders.

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CAPE TOWN – The South African Police Service (Saps) officials are the subject of a probe into missing firearms that disappeared from two police stations in the Cape Town metro.

A number of 9mm firearms were stolen from the Bellville South and Mitchells Plain Police Stations last month.

Parliament’s Police Committee on Wednesday heard the Hawks are now investigating.

Police officers responsible for the internal control of firearms at these stations are being investigated, along with their station commanders.

At Mitchells Plain Police Station, fifteen state firearms are unaccounted for.

A routine inspection at Bellville South Police Station revealed a shortage of eighteen firearms.

Provincial police Commissioner, Khombinkosi Jula, says that basic rules have been flouted in the management of these weapons.

“We take these omissions that seem to have occurred very seriously as they are occurring in an area which is gang infested, where we’re always trying to make sure that firearms do not end up in the wrong hands.”

He claims investigations are at an advanced stage and vows to update Parliament’s police committee on progress.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)