While we welcome the arrest of two suspects linked to the theft of weapons‚ ammunition and hand grenades from the country’s biggest naval base at Simon’s Town, questions have to be asked about security at the country’s military bases.
According to reports, grenades‚ machine guns‚ pistols and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were stolen from six storerooms at the base over the weekend.
This followed recent revelations that security contracts for five of the country’s biggest munitions depots had lapsed because the SANDF had failed to pay the contractors.
It was also alleged that military personnel guarding Bloemfontein’s Tempe base have also been attacked and robbed of their firearms.
This poses serious threats to the country’s security and clearly exposes the public to harm. SANDF officials must be held accountable for these security breaches.
Military bases are not the only security points that have been targeted. There have been reports of robbers brazenly attacking police stations to steal weapons.
If military bases and heavily armed police stations are not safe from criminals, what about the homes of ordinary South Africans? This is frightening stuff.