SEVERAL firearms handed in as exhibits have apparently gone missing from a storeroom at the Bellville South police station.
The missing weapons are now the centre of a police investigation, just as gang and underworld violence have flared up around Western Cape.
On Wednesday, asked if 20 guns had been stolen from the storeroom of the Bellville South station, police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said: “During an inspection at Bellville South police station it was discovered that some firearms were handed in as exhibits were unaccounted for.”
She said an investigation had been launched.
“Once the investigation is finalised its outcome will be communicated,” Rwexana said.
The Bellville South area is known as a stronghold of the Sexy Boys gang.
On Monday a shootout erupted outside Bellville Magistrate’s Court after arguments between rival gangsters.
It is understood members of the Terrible Josters, Bad Boys and Sexy Boys gangs were involved in the violence.
Several other gang shootings are playing out around the province. Some of the most volatile and violent areas include Bishop Lavis, parts of Mitchell’s Plain and Elsies River.
Guns stolen from police have been the focus of an investigation before.
Former police colonel Chris Prinsloo, now serving a jail sentence, previously said he had sold at least 2 000 firearms stolen from police stores in Gauteng and meant to be destroyed.
He said he sold the weapons to Rondebosch businessman Irshaad “Hunter” Laher.
Laher and Vereeniging arms dealer Alan Raves are the accused in a case linked to the alleged selling of firearms meant to have been destroyed by police to gangsters around Western Cape.