- The 12 South African Defence Force members accused of being linked to the theft of assault rifles were released
- This is as further investigation is underway
- The SANDF members were not released on bail because of internal military court processes
Twelve people who are linked to the theft of nineteen R4 assault rifles from the South African Defence Force's (SANDF) Tek Base in Lyttleton were released.
According to SABC News, the release happened on Friday, 3 January, as investigation into the theft is underway.
Siphiwe Dlamini, SANDF national communications head, said the twelve accused have been released from custody and not on bail.
This is because of internal military court processes, Briefly.co.za learnt. The accused will appear in court on 10 March.
The ANC has condemned the crooks and the 'act of criminality' that left the army answering for the embarrassing incident.
ANC whip Thabo Mmutle issued the following statement:
"It is horrific to imagine the safety of the public when there are dangerous warfare weapons on the streets, as this poses a serious safety risk to citizens and leaves much to be desired about the security of the republic."
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