The figures were revealed by Police Minister Bheki Cele in response to a parliamentary question posed by Groenewald.
“The question to the minister was what number of firearms and how much ammunition in possession of the police were reported lost or stolen in each province respectively,” Groenewald said.
“These figures are shocking and totally unacceptable, particularly the loss of ammunition.
“It is incomprehensible that more than 3 million rounds of ammunition can go missing in a province during a single year and nobody knows how it happened.
“No wonder violent crime is out of control. The police service seems to be the biggest provider of illegal ammunition.”
The biggest quantity of ammunition that went missing in a single year was in the Eastern Cape where 3.2 million rounds of ammunition went missing in 2016/17.
Groenewald said measures provided by Cele as remedial steps in his response “were no more than the standard rules and procedures” and were not being properly enforced.
“Minister Cele himself said that government wants to impose stricter conditions for the possession of firearms for self-defence in an attempt to reduce violent crime, especially murders.
“It, however, does not help to blame the legal owners of private firearms for crimes that are committed with firearms.”
Groenewald said his party will request that the chairperson of the portfolio committee for police, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, urgently schedule the matter for discussions.