Norwood Station top cop quits over missing firearms

Celani Sikhakhane

The station commander at the Norwood police station in Johannesburg has resigned. 

This is after a Hawks audit found that 158 firearms were stolen from the evidence store

Colonel Phetole Mahasha resigned on Thursday and the new station commander is expected to be appointed next week. 

It was revealed in a report released last week that the station had lost a huge pile of firearms. 

The report led to the Parliamentary SAPS portfolio committee demanding answers and action against those who are implicated. 

The portfolio committee has demanded the reshuffling of the management of the station as allegations emerge that some of the senior police officers were involved in theft of firearms from the station. 

The firearms reportedly went missing from the station in 2020 but the police station only realised they were missing when the murder of a police officer was linked to a firearm that was supposed to be in the station store.