- The South African National Defence Force has managed to retrieve the weapons stolen earlier this week
- At least 19 assault rifles were nicked by brazen criminals from the Lyttelton military base
- Suspects, including guards and officers, have been taken in for questioning in relation to the incident
While the SANDF will have to learn from the recent robbery at the Lyttelton military base, at least the weapons that had been stolen have been recovered.
Briefly.co.za reported that 19 automatic rifles had been taken during the robbery, with an undisclosed number of suspects taken in for questioning.
The SABC reports that Pikkie Greef, National Defence Union secretary, had confirmed the weapons were recovered.
Greef confirmed suspicions that the incident seemed to have been an inside job, with the person in charge of the safe's keys apprehended:
“The weapons have been recovered. It does rather disturbingly seem to be an inside job. The person in charge of the keys of the safe, the officer on duty and so on would be suspects in this case. They were found in Hammanskraal on the next morning of the theft. So four officers have been arrested and taken in for questioning, 19 guards have been taken in for questioning.”
Both the Democratic Alliance and the ANC had condemned the incident, which raised questions over the state of the army.
The ruling party had highlighted concerns that the weapons were ending up on Mzansi's streets with the public at serious risk.
Meanwhile, Police Minister Bheki Cele has urged officers not to fear when using their firearms to defend both citizens and themselves.
Cele warned cops against hesitating when decisive action was needed in the face of criminalism, reiterating earlier comments that police were issued with weapons to protect and serve the nation.
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