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Postby GOSA » Tue, 2010-12-07 09:52 ... w-1.989022

Mthethwa: Lose your gun and job will follow
December 7 2010 at 12:07am

Johannesburg - Police officers who continuously and recklessly lose their
firearms will be fired from the South African Police Service, the minister
of police said on Monday.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa made the remark with reference to a Parliamentary
reply to lost, stolen and recovered guns for 2009/2010, spokesperson Zweli
Mnisi said in a statement.

According to the reply, SAPS lost 3 453 (guns) and recovered 1 210 while
civilians lost 8 498 firearms and 3 985 were recovered during the 2009/2010
period, the statement read.

"Firearms form part of the resources that are given to police in order to
enable them to fight crime effectively. Part of the responsibility is to
ensure that those who are allocated these resources handle them with caution
and utmost responsibility."

The minister said that if a gun was lost due to negligence, a police officer
would be considered incompetent to carry a gun, which would make them
redundant in carrying out duties.

"The obvious thing would be to relieve them of their duties," Mthethwa said.

Mnisi said the minister was concerned that only half of the guns lost by
civilians were recovered.

"We want to urge society to exercise necessary caution to ensure that
legally acquired firearms do not end up in the hands of criminals.

"Much as we shall be tough on our members, we shall also be hard on any
member of the public who loses his or her firearm," he said.

The ministry had started rolling out an Integrated Ballistics Identification
System (IBIS) to ensure greater control of guns in the country.

Mnisi said IBIS would hold police officers to account for every gun
allocated to them. - Sapa
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