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THE people who authorized the movement of an ammunition container from the port of Durban to a warehouse in Mobeni are in hot water.
This after it emerged that the police investigation was focused on those who had authorized the movement of the container after authorities denied its movement from the port earlier in July.
This was revealed in the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Defense following its monitoring visit to KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng following the recent outbreak of protests and massive looting of property.
During the unrest, there were reports of ammunition being stolen from a warehouse and suspects arrested as a result.
During one of the press briefings, acting minister of the presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, said that two suspects, aged 16 and 23, were arrested on July 15 after being found with guns without license and 4,000 rounds in Mobeni, southwest of Durban.
They were charged with possession of illegal firearms, cartridges and possession of stolen goods.
The minister said 1,050 boxes of cartridges were found abandoned on Leicester Road and another 900 boxes in another location in Mobeni on July 15.
However, during their monitoring visit, the delegation of deputies inquired about the ammunition stolen from a warehouse.
The report said it was stated that while looting through Durban, SAPS discovered boxes of ammunition on the street.
“SAPS then approached a private security company who said they had transported an ammunition container from the port to a building that was looted.
“The ammunition consisted mainly of 9mm cartridges and pellets,” the report said.
The report indicates that the initial movement of the container from the port is under investigation.
“It was explained that SAPS initially refused to move the container from the Transnet storage center to a private warehouse.
“SAPS was under the impression that the ammunition was still at Transnet and is investigating the parties responsible for the authorization to move the container. “
Who authorized the movement of containers containing ammunition out of the port of Durban?
SourceWho authorized the movement of containers containing ammunition out of the port of Durban?