SAPS Lose 8 Times More Guns Than Civilians

By Gideon Joubert. Cartoon stolen shamelessly from Jerm (with his permission).

I was recently tasked with providing a government official with statistics comparing civilian firearm losses with those suffered by the SAPS. He was presented with a claim that the SAPS lose approximately 8 times as many firearms as private citizens, and asked me to investigate whether or not this is plausible. As discussed below, there are significant limitations regarding the available data, but it does paint an interesting picture.

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