Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Ammunition a threat to police safety

Ammunition shortage in the SAPS stores has meant that the police officers are unable to finish their firearm- proficiency tests. Several police officers said they are not carrying their service weapons because they have not completed their annual firearm-proficiency tests. It is for this reason that they did not get their permits to use their service firearms.

National police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo confirmed that there is a shortage of ammunition in the SAPS due to a manufacture’s inability to supply the police service. He also added that there are plans in place to ensure that service delivery was not compromised.

Police minister Bheki Cele was responding to parliamentary questions ealier this month when he said SAPS lost more than 9.5 million rounds of ammunition over the past six financial years and 4537 firearms were stolen.

Edited by
Naledi Lefatsa

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