Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Firearms linked to serious crimes stolen in KZN

I am not surprised. Eish, this new South African police, she’s not wekking.

And of course, no one's accountable so no one gets fired.

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Dangerous criminals facing serious crimes ranging from murder to armed robbery could be let off the hook. That's after about 50 firearms were stolen from Maphumulo police station near Stanger. All the guns were linked to serious crimes that took place in parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

Unknown people entered the police station and broke down the vault where the guns were stored and removed all of them. The guns had just returned from Pretoria for ballistic tests and were positively linked to serious crimes.

Police cannot explain how the theft took place, as police stations are supposed to be manned 24 hours a day. The incident has raised doubts about the police management's ability. KwaZulu-Natal conflict monitor Mary de Haas, who has been working closely with police in conflict areas, says this is worrying.

“What’s happening in Maphumulo is part of a much broader problem of the failure of the police to contain the movement of weapons and the failure of the police to quell the taxi violence,” says Haas.

Police management says security has been beefed up at the police station and an investigation into the stolen weapons is underway.

1 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

O.... the thin blue line has faded into history.