According to reports this morning, two soldiers at a military base in Bloemfontein were attacked by a gang of criminals overnight and then robbed of their service rifles.
Free State police said they have launched a man hunt after the two soldiers were on duty at the guard room at the Tempe Support Warehouse on Monday, 24 August.
It is alleged that the suspects tied up the soldiers with their own boots laces on hands and feet.
The attackers reportedly made off with two R4 rifles with 30 rounds each and two cell phones belonging to the victims; they fled the scene with a getaway vehicle which was parked a few kilometres away.
Stephen Grootes spoke to South African National Defense Force's (SANDF) spokesperson, Brigadier General, Xolani Mabhanga who said that they are investigating the circumstances, before taking any further action.
Before each member of SANDF qualifies, they undergo comprehensive military training. We rule out any question of training.— Brigadier General, Xolani Mabhanga, South African National Defense Force (SANDF)'s spokesperson
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