20,000 Rounds Just Missing

20,000 Rounds Just Missing

20,000 Rounds Just Missing: Documents in The Times’s possession show that there was a suspicious delay in getting investigations under way – and then what seems to have been an attempt at a cover-up – of the November 3 2015 theft of R1 ammunition from the tactical response team’s armoury at Pretoria Central police station. Institute for Security Studies policing expert Johan Burger said: “This is not just a round or two missing. The seriousness of this theft cannot be overstated. “It’s the ammo cash-in-transit robbers use. These bullets go through walls and penetrate vehicles. “That’s 20,000 people whose lives are in jeopardy because of police negligence.”

A police liability report written three weeks ago shows that a criminal case was not opened until 10 days after the theft was discovered. The internal investigation began only on December 9. The police have failed to explain why the act was disregarded. Parliament, say police portfolio committee members, was not told of the theft. And there was no mention of itin the police’s 2015-2016 annual report. Policing experts and MPs say that, given the amount of ammunition stolen, parliament should have been informed and the loss recorded in the annual report. Sean Tait, of the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum, said the Firearms Control Act laid down that all such losses had to be reported to the central firearms registry, which then had to report them to the police minister.

“Failure to do so would be seriously negligent.”

20,000 Rounds Just Missing