CAPE TOWN, The South African Parliament’s portfolio committee on Defence and Military Veterans has called for an urgent review of security at all military bases around the country following the brazen theft of high-calibre rifles from a military base in Khayelitsha, about 30 kilometres southeast of here.
Six R4 rifles were stolen from the 9th South African Infantry Battalion base in Khayelitsha on Friday after five armed men overpowered the soldiers on guard.
The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, Malusi Motimele, expressed concern that robbers have of late been targeting army bases.
Late last year, a similar incident took place at the Simon’s Town Naval Base, the country’s largest naval base, located about 44 kilometres south of here.
Motimele said the committee had requested a report from the Department of Defence on the latest robbery.
“We are going to call the Department because we did not as yet get a full report from the Department,” said Motimele. “So we’ll call the Department to give us a full report as to what really happened and as to what steps are in place to make sure this kind of theft and robbery does not recur in our bases,” he added.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK