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Mthembu-Salter, Gregory and Guy Lamb. 2008 ‘The Meaning of Loss: Firearms Diversion in South Africa. Table 6.4.’ Small Arms Survey 2008: Risk and Resilience; Chapter 6 (Table 6.4), pp. 193-195. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 January

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Table 6.4: SAPS Firearms Losses, 1 April 2001–31 May 2007

Year(1): Stolen - Robbery(2) - Lost/misplaced - Total

2001-02: 131 - 368 - 444 - 943
2002-03: 239 - 487 - 195 - 921
2003-04: 219 - 412 - 304 - 935
2004-05: 179 - 289 - 267 - 735
2005-06: n/a(3) - n/a(3) - n/a(3) - 2,297
2006-07: n/a(3) - n/a(3) - n/a(3) - 3,856

Source: Democratic Alliance(11)

…South African police officers have some of the highest rates of homicide victimization of police in the world. One possible explanation for this is that they are targeted for their firearms. From 2001 to 2006, 694 SAPS officers were fatally wounded in a total of 5,124 attacks…

[SAPS = South African Defence Force; DA = Democratic Alliance]

Sources cited:
1) The SAPS statistical year runs 1 April–31 March.

2) 'Robbery' entails the removal of the firearm from a person by force, while 'stolen' does not entail such force.

3) Disaggregated data for 2005—06 and 2006—07 was not publicly available at the time of writing.

11) Figures for 2001–05 derived from a transcript of the answer to a DA question in the National Assembly, 28 June 2005; figures for 2005–07 from a telephone interview with Dianne Kohler-Barnard, DA spokesperson, 20 September 2007.

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