The inside story of 'SAPS' marked ammo found at mining giant Lonmin

Earlier this year a large cache of shotgun cartridges marked "SAPS" was found at mining giant Lonmin.

Afternoon Drive's Xolani Gwala talked to Pieter Louis Myburgh, News24 investigative reporter following the story.

The first question many people have been asking is, why Lonmin would be in possession of ammunition, meant for the exclusive use of the South African Police Service.

The company has explicitly denied that there is no way it would have fired cartridges at striking workers at the event of 2012. But it certainly does raise a lot of questions as to why they would be in possession of these cartridges in the first place.

Pieter Louis Myburgh, News24 investigative reporter

According to Myburgh, SAPS said they are not aware of this.

At national level, this was something that police were not aware of it. But it’s a concern.

Pieter Louis Myburgh, News24 investigative reporter

The next question is, how did Lonmin get this ammunition?

Lonmin were supplied the ammunition by a small ammunition dealer in Rustenburg called Aug Behrens. Aug Behrens have indicated that they get cartridges from National Cartridge Company, in Cape Town, which becomes very interesting because this is the SAPS supplier of SAPS official issued rubber cartridges.

Pieter Louis Myburgh, News24 investigative reporter

Listen to the audio below for more information, as Pieter Louis Myburgh, News24 investigative reporter, explains.


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