Sanco bemoans security at key points

Sanco bemoans security at key points

The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) says it believes not sufficient attention is given to security at key points in the country. 

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That's after another break-in at a military base.


A group overpowered soldiers guarding the base in Khayelitsha, fleeing with an undisclosed number of weapons.


The office of the Deputy Minister of Police, Bongani Mkongi, has meanwhile condemned the storming of the military base of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), by what it calls 'heavily armed lunatics'.


Spokesperson for the deputy minister, Siyabulela Tom, says Mkongi will be engaging with the Defence Ministry on security measures at military bases.


Police have launched a manhunt for the suspects.


Sanco insists this is not the first incident of its kind, and not enough is being done to prevent similar incidents in future.


Sanco spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu listed a range of incidents at similar institutions.


During a similar incident in August 2016, suspects got away with military equipment and a range of weapons from the Simon's Town Naval Base.


In 2017 so far, sensitive documents were stolen from the Office of the Chief Justice in Midrand, while another group managed to stage a heist at the OR Tambo International Airport.


"We don't think that those establishments are living up to what is supposed to be a security key point," says Mahlangu.


He says South African communities aren't safe until police bring the suspects of this week's robbery to book and ensure there is adequate security at various key points.

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