Parliamentary question: Correctional Services: Stolen weapons

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Mr P J Groenewald (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Correctional Services:†
(1) How many weapons of every (a) kind and (b) calibre have (i) been stolen or (ii) gone missing in her department (aa) in (i) 2009, (ii) 2010 and (iii) 2011 and (bb) since 1 January 2012;
(2) what steps have been taken to combat these thefts and losses;
(3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

REPLY:
1)

Year

Weapon

Number

(a) Kind

(b) Calibre

(i) Stolen

(ii) Gone missing

(aa)(i)   2009

Pistol

9 mm

2

5

(aa)(ii)  2010

Pistol

9 mm

6

4

Pistol

.22 mm

0

1

(aa)(iii) 2011

Pistol

9 mm

6

0

(bb) since 01/01/2012 – 08/06/2012

Pistol

9 mm

3

1

Sub-total

17

11

Total

28



(2) Regions were requested to:

  • conduct an inspection of all firearms in arsenals and consolidate this with their asset registers;
  • re-assess in which posts officials are to be armed with firearms for the execution of their daily tasks;
  • ensure and confirm that permits for firearms/ammunition are issued to officials as required by the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No. 60 of 2000), which state that no official is allowed to be in possession of a departmental firearm or ammunition without an approved permit;
  • confirm that Arsenal Controllers:
    o complete relevant Firearm Registers on a daily basis;
    o are in possession of duplicate firearm/ammunition permits;
    o are in possession of updated duty sheets and have acknowledged receipt thereof in writing; and
    o issue on a daily basis a certificate to the Heads of Correctional Centres certifying that all firearms have been checked;
  • ensure that Heads of Correctional Centres confirm that a certificate is issued on a weekly basis to the relevant Area Commissioner certifying that all firearms have been checked;
  • ensure that Heads of Correctional Centres/Community Corrections confirm that officials report the loss, theft or destruction of any firearm immediately to the Head of a Correctional Centre/Community Corrections, as well as within 24 hours to the nearest Police Station; and
  • comply to the B-Order 2: Safety and Security: Chapter 16 on security equipment as well as to the Logistic Administration Procedure Manual, Chapter 10 on firearms.

    Regions were also informed that according to the stipulations in the Firearms Control Act, with regard to the safekeeping of firearms, all steps must be taken to prevent the loss or theft of firearms. Officials must in all cases, without exception, be criminally prosecuted if they did not comply with the stipulations mentioned in Chapter 16, paragraph 8 of the Act.
    (3) The Minister of Correctional Services will not make a statement on this matter.