The SA Navy’s armament depot at fleet headquarters in Simon’s Town has been robbed of what the national defence force’s corporate communications director said is “various types of military equipment”.
Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga said in a brief statement the break-in happened over the July 23 weekend adding the SA Navy “views the incident in an extremely serious light and all efforts are being made to bring the perpetrators to book”.
A Cape Town Afrikaans newspaper reported that police are viewing the theft as a crime against the state while another Western Cape publication said ammunition and weapons were among the items stolen.
In May it was reported that information about where firearms and ammunition were stored at Naval Base Simon’s Town was apparently being sold to gangsters in the Western Cape.
The Argus said at the time gangsters intended acquiring the weapons for gang wars and “are using military vehicles to smuggle firearms that have been used in crimes in Johannesburg”.
An informant apparently passed on information about security leaks at the base to Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato before the burglary that saw firearms taken on March 30. The newspaper said the Navy did not respond to enquiries but “a source in the military police confirmed the matter was being investigated”.