SA Police ‘lost’ 3,856 firearms

SOUTH African police lost over 1,500 more firearms during the past financial year than they did the one before, says the Auditor General.
Sapa reported that he found 3,856 firearms were reported "lost, stolen or robbed from personnel throughout the country" during the 12 months up to March 31 thi

s year.
In 2005/6, a total of 2,297 firearms were reported having gone missing in this manner.
The audit was included in the SA Police Service 2006/7 annual report.
The AG also said firearm-control registers were not properly maintained by the police in six provinces, but did not specify which.
The audit also found “inventory differences” to the tune of R18,7 million between what the police actually had in their stores and what was shown on their computer system. This was based on test counts carried out at 18 inventory stores around the country.

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