SANDF base hit by robbery: Suspects nabbed after 19 rifles stolen

SANDF base hit by robbery: Suspects nabbed after 19 rifles stolen

- The SANDF was left with egg on its face after 19 automatic rifles were stolen from the Lyttelton Tek Base

- Suspects have been taken in for questioning in relation to this embarrassing break-in

- DA spokesperson Kobus Marais feels that the entire ordeal is simply outrageous

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The South African National Defence Force's Lyttelton Tek Base was hit by a robbery on Tuesday with some suspecting an inside job.

News24 reports that spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini confirmed that 19 weapons had been stolen during the incident.

Dlamini said that investigations were currently underway with an undisclosed number of suspects being taken in for questioning:

"The South African National Defence Force herein confirms an incident of a break-in where weapons were stolen at Engineering Formation, Lyttelton Tek Base. Investigations are underway."

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The Democratic Alliance's Kobus Marais commented on the robbery that saw dangerous R4 automatic rifles landing in the hands of criminals:

"It is outrageous to even consider that access could be gained into a supposedly highly protected military facility and further grind open a volt where ammunition is kept. Having such arms on the streets poses a threat to the safety of citizens and the security of the republic."

Briefly.co.za gathered that Marais made mention of an earlier theft at the 9SAI military base in the Western Cape.

With military rifles being utilised to carry out heists on cash-in-transit vehicles and even banks, the weak security of the bases is a massive cause for concern, explained the spokesperson.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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