Latest reports have it that a group of five armed robbers attacked SA military base, overpowered soldiers and escaped with firearms and ammunition.
As learnt the incident happened earlier today and, the SA military base the robbers attacked was the 9 South African Infantry Battalion Base in Harare, Khayelitsha.
From our gatherings, the robbers first subdued guards at the gate of the SA military base and collected their firearms.
After that, they forced the guards inside the base. There, they subdued five more soldiers at the armory guard-room and forced the soldiers to open a safe. So far, it’s known that the robbers successfully escaped with six rifles.
Confirming this report, Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi, the spokesperson for SA National Defence Force commented that crime fighters are still at the scene and, that there are no further details about the incident.
This incident isn’t the first of its kind. Sometimes in August 2015, two knife-wielding men attacked two soldiers at the Tempe military base and successfully robbed the military guys of their rifles and ammunition.
As it happened, a fight ensued between the soldiers and the knife-wielding men. The men with the help of pepper spray, overpowered the soldiers.
Then, they tied up the soldiers with their boot laces and disappeared with two R4 rifles with 30 rounds each and two cellphones belonging to the soldiers.
Again, in July 2016, robbers successfully attacked the SA Navy Armament Depot. The attack resulted in the loss of various types of military equipment.
The attack was very contrary to all reason and common sense that it got Dan Plato, the Western Cape Minister of Community Safety demanding of the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to explain:
“…How would-be criminals could gain access to the premises‚ gain access to six weapon storages‚ walk out with numerous weapons and ammunition‚ without any of these breaches in security being detected?”
Hand grenades, firearms and ammunition were stolen during the attack. Fortunately, the stolen items were later recovered.