More than 50 firearms have been stolen or lost from South African National Defence Force (SANDF) armouries.
More than 50 firearms have been stolen or lost from South African National Defence Force (SANDF) armouries over a five-year period.
The SANDF’s high-calibre weapons are highly sought after by organised crime groups, but most illegal guns used by criminals are handguns stolen from individuals, security firms and the police, say experts.
A written response to a parliamentary question by Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Groenewald revealed that, over the last five years, 71 state-issued firearms had disappeared from the SANDF and the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).
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