Time bomb

Time bomb

“The guaranteed shelf life for shells and pyrotechnics is 10 years and for small arms ammunition 20 years but 90% of the SANDF ammunition is however older than 20 years.” – 2004 report of the portfolio committee of defence about the 23,000 tonnes of ammunition stored at 97 Ammunition Depot outside De Aar.

Nothing much has changed at 97 Ammunition Depot since 2004. The ammunition is past its sell-by date and could blow up at any time.

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