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Unguarded weapons depots could blow up in SANDF's face - defence analyst

Three of the South African Defence Force’s (SANDF) biggest weapons depots are poorly protected and vulnerable to security threats, according to the Rapport newspaper.

It's reported that the gates are open, the electric fence is switched off, and the security cameras broken at one depot in the Northern Cape.

Defence analyst Helmoed Heitman says that, if there is truth to the allegations, the vulnerability could create opportunities for terrorists to gain access to heavy ammunition and explosives.

It poses a greater danger from a terrorist point of view than criminal.

Helmoed Heitman, defence analyst

He adds that the security operation, consisting of five guards on site, is not sufficient enough to ensure safety on the SANDF premises.

According to Heitman, SANDF is not the only military base with ill-protected bunkers.

He says that officials should conduct a site inspection to follow up on the reports.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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