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Naval base is not at risk after weapons burglary says military analyst

On 3 July there was a break in at the Simonstown naval armament depot. Various military weapons and equipment were stolen.

Arrests have been made swiftly, and according to Hawks head Berning Nltemeza, the weapons have also been recovered.

Military analyst Helmoed Heitman joins Kieno Kammies on the line to discuss these events.

Heitman says the stores broken into were outside the naval base. He does not believe the naval base is at risk. It is these outlying depots that are more vulnerable.

Clearly the security there wasn't what it should have been. Either there were not enough people on duty, or they were in cahoots with the guys that did the stealing.

Helmoed Heitman, military analyst

The amount of guns stolen was not significant in the larger pool of stolen weapons in the country, but says the theft of hand grenades is concerning.

Despite it being a small theft it requires a serious investigation to ensure it does not happen again.

Helmoed Heitman, military analyst

He says this is not unique to South Africa, but happens worldwide.

Listen to the interview below:

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