Parliamentary question: DoD: Lost/stolen weapons

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QUESTION 2038

Mr P J Groenewald (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:†
(1) How many weapons of every type and calibre in the SA National Defence Force have (a) been stolen and (b) gone missing (i) in (aa) 2007, (bb) 2008 and (cc) 2009 and (ii) during the period 1 January 2010 up to the latest specified date for which information is available;
(2) what steps have been taken to combat these (a) thefts and (b) losses;
(3) whether she will make a statement on the matter? NW2432E

Reply

1.

FIREARM LOSSES OF THE DOD

Ser no

Type and Caliber

2007

2008

2009

2010

 

a

b

c

d

e

01

Pistols 9mm

16

3

5

 

02

Rifles 5,56mm

40

 

6

1

03

Rifle 7,62mm

76

4

7

 

04

Rifle 7,70mm

1

 

1

 

05

Rifle .22

9

 

6

 

06

Mortar 60mm

 

 

4

 

07

Mortar 81mm

 

 

1

 

08

Launcher rocket 88mm

 

 

3

 

09

Launcher rocket 40mm

 

 

2

 

10

Launcher rocket 70mm

 

 

1

 

TOTAL

142

7

36

1



TOTAL =186

 

2. All possible physical measures have been taken to secure weapons in storage. All weapons are handed back after use, counted and stored in safe keeping ensuring effective control. Weapon permits are issued for all weapons on personal issue. (i.e. military police, VIP protection) on condition that the individual complies with the laid down criteria as stipulated in policy. With regard to losses regular inspections are done as part of unit standing orders to effectively verify and control weapons. Stock verification is done on a regular basis to ensure compliance with requirements of policy and a central fire arms control register is kept and verified with the SAPS fire arms control register as a measure to control losses.

3. No