AfriForum considers legal action against SAPS over missing firearms

Minister Fikile Mbalula revealed that 7,829 firearms have been lost between 2009 and 2014.

FILE: Police Minister Fikile Mbalula visited the Hout Bay Police Station following violent protests in the area. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Lobby group AfriForum says it's considering legal action against the South African Police Service.

This comes after Minister Fikile Mbalula released statistics showing that nearly 8,000 firearms went missing from the police service between 2009 and 2014.

AfriForum also plans to raise the issue with police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

The North Gauteng High Court in May compelled Minister Mbalula to hand over data relating to the SAPS firearms.

It was revealed 7,829 firearms have been lost between 2009 and 2014.

AfriForum’s Head of Community Safety Ian Cameron says urgent intervention from authorities is needed to address the crisis.

“If 8,000 firearms are lost and 18,000 people are murdered in a year, we must ask what weapons are used to murder the people.”

The Hawks have also launched a probe into the disappearance of 9mm firearms from the Bellville South and Mitchells Plain Police Stations in August.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)