2008-02-22 : Missing firearms figures shoot up

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2008-02-22 : Missing firearms figures shoot up

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2008-03-07 08:23


Missing firearms figures shoot up
Sapa Published:Feb 22, 2008

The number of firearms lost by the police or stolen from them has
increased more than fivefold in three years, Safety and Security
Minister Charles Nqakula said yesterday.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, Nqakula said 735 police
firearms were unaccounted for in 2004-2005 — 310 were found and 166 were

The total figure for firearms not accounted for soared to 3856 in
2006-2007, with 1635 being lost, and 593 stolen.

The firearms were pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns.

Nqakula was responding to the DA’s Ryno King.

He said that between April 30 2005 and August 27 last year, 439 firearms
were retained by former policemen.
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