Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
3 Aug 2021
6:31 pm

Rural police stations are ‘sitting ducks’ for weapons thieves

Sipho Mabena

More than 130 police stations have been targeted by weapons thieves in Gauteng alone in the past five years, with 9 robbed just last year.

A sign to the entrance to the Olievenhoutbosch Police station, 8 June 2021, Centurion. Picture: Jacques Nelles

With scant resources and staff, experts agree that, rural police stations, tucked away in low crime and obscure areas, are sitting ducks for more than just criminal groups but also insurgents looking for arms. Killing fields In a country grappling with the proliferation of illegal firearms, where at least 58 people are murdered every day; theft of guns and ammunition from three police stations in less than a year should be an extremely worrisome occurrence. Rural and under-resourced police stations have increasingly come under attack by daring criminals looking for guns and ammunition in consistent raids. Beset by an array...