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739 Firearms unaccounted for in Ekurhuleni

An armoury audit conducted at the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) revealed that only 71% of firearms can be accounted for.

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) MP Mike Waters voiced concerns that out of the 3,525 firearms licensed in the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) on the East Rand, only 2,518 were accounted for.

The Citizen reported that according to the report, 382 were listed as stolen, 357 are unaccounted for and five LM6 rifles which were purchased and licensed were never delivered.

Many EMPD members did not report for the audit despite being instructed to do so.

It was also discovered that a weekly firearm inspection sheet is not completed.

The DA are implementing a new, user friendly filing system and the budgetary process needs to be controlled as currently there are no funds for the purchase of gun holsters, spare firearms or ammunition.