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Gould, Chandre, Guy Lamb, Gregory Mthembu-Salter, Steven Nakana and Dennis Rubel. 2004 ‘Assessing the SAPS Stockpile.’ Hide and Seek: Taking Account of Small Arms in Southern Africa, pp. 149-150. Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies. 1 October

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In mid-2003, the police stockpile, including both standardised and non-standardised weapons stood at 262 062 firearms.(22) Of this 178 630 are standardised weapons.

A member of the Logistics Division explained that the standardisation policy means that members of the SAPS will only be issued with those specific firearms required for daily policing duties.

Members at station-level will not, for example, be issued with sniper rifles.(23) Only SAPS members who fulfill operational tasks are issued with firearms, those fulfilling purely administrative tasks are not. The range of firearms available to SAPS members has also been reduced which makes servicing and maintaining the firearms more economical…

Firearms procured by the SAPS are kept in the Firearms Provisioning Store, which consists of walk-in safes. Those issued to members, stations or units are kept in safes at the police stations or at the officers' homes. According to the Logistics Division: "No member will be issued with a firearm on his personal inventory if the member does not have a safe for the safekeeping of the firearms."(25)

[SAPS = South African Police Service]


22) Annual Report of the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, 1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003.

23) SAPS: Logistics, letter dated 8 July 2003. Information provided in response to an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act.

25) Chandré Gould, telephonic discussion with Superintendent Honiball, 5 December 2003.

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