Eastern Cape cops lose firearms to criminals: DA

Eastern Cape police continue to lose state firearms to criminals at the rate of 128 a year.

In the last three financial years of 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18, the province lost 297 firearms and of these, 129 were because of police losing them or being stolen from members.

DA MPL Bobby Stevenson said a further 730 guns were stolen from the state between 2009 and 2014.

That gives a total of 1 027 guns shifting out of state hands into the hands of criminals in eight years, or a rough average of 128 guns getting into the hands of rogues every year.

“Police members need to be disarming criminals, not arming them,” said Stevenson, in a statement.