The South African National Defense Force (SANDF) is currently investigating possible suspects after a break-in at the Lyttelton army base in Pretoria on Monday and firearms were stolen.
Kobus Marais, the DA’s minister of defense and military veterans, said in a statement on Tuesday that at least 19 R4 guns were stolen.
Marais says it is absurd to think that access to a so-called highly protected military facility could be obtained where ammunition of this kind is kept in a safe. According to Marais, these weapons are used for extreme warfare.
“These kinds of weapons on the streets pose a threat to the safety of citizens and the safety of the republic,” says Marais.
The DA is now asking whether the key of the safe has been made available to the suspects. The party also wants to know where the base’s guards were at the time of the incident.
“This robbery is an embarrassment and a symptom of bigger problems in the SANDF,” says Marais.
This incident requires, among other things, army commanders and the defense minister to cancel their vacations to launch an investigation and locate the stolen weapons, Marais said.