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Minister of Police, Mr Fikile Mbalula, MP, Perturbed by firearm loss from Cape Town Police Stations

11 September 2017

The Minister of Police, Mr Fikile Mbalula has noted with dismay reports of 33 firearms disappearing from two Police Stations (Bellville South and Mitchell’s Plain) in Cape Town.
Towards the end of August it was discovered that 18 firearms which were handed in as exhibit could not be accounted for in Bellville South Police Station. It was also picked up that 15 state issued firearms were missing. The Hawks have initiated an investigation into these incidents.

“In the main it is these guns that end up in the hands of gangsters, who daily torment our people, and destroy the lives of many young people.” Minister Mbalula said.

Minister Mbalula, has called the Hawks to speedily investigate this incident. Minister Mbalula re-iterated his previous call that those responsible must face the full mighty of the law.
“Police stations are supposed to be safe havens for all. When firearms in the hands of police go missing, there must be dire consequences. The people of South Africa, particular in Cape Town are already plagued by ugly scenes of gang violence and other serious crimes where innocent people including children get killed on a regular basis. What cannot be tolerated is violence sponsored from within the police ranks”, Mbalula added.

Mr Vuyo Mhaga
Spokesperson for the Police Ministry
Cell no: 076 636 5193

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