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FIREARMS AMNESTY 2019
FIREARMS AMNESTY 2019
SAGA Release Firearms Amnesty 2019.pdf (9.78KB)
FIREARMS AMNESTY 2019
FIREARMS AMNESTY 2019
SAGA Release Firearms Amnesty 2019.pdf (9.78KB)

FIREARMS AMNESTY 2019
On 23 October 2019 the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police approved the Minister of Police's intention to declare a firearms amnesty with effect from 1 December 2019, for a 6-month period. This application has been before the Portfolio Committee for at least two years, but because of dissatisfaction by parliamentarians about the safe storage of surrendered firearms and ammunition; the vetting of police officials who would deal with the amnesty; and the concerns about theft from and robbery of police stations; and the purpose of the amnesty, the committee did not previously want to approve the amnesty. Also, in the past, the parliamentarians were not happy with the notice of amnesty, nor with the conditions. What we at SAGA find somewhat strange is that it appears that again there was no amnesty notice before parliament. We are, accordingly, unsure as to the conditions of the amnesty.

Because we do not know whether firearm owners who had failed to renew their licenses under the current Firearms Control Act, No. 60 of 2000, would be allowed to simultaneously with the surrender of their "unlicensed" firearms, make application for a new license, we cannot properly advise members and the public as to their rights and what they should do.

In fact, in a media statement yesterday, the Portfolio Committee stated that: "the committee has urged the ministry and the SAPS to consider a concession for people who were not able to  renew their firearm licenses and allow them to utilise this period of amnesty to apply for the requisite license". Neither the Minister nor SAPS has yet responded to this statement.
 
The Portfolio Committee further stated that it "urges all South Africans to take advantage of the amnesty and to surrender their firearms to the SAPS and actively to participate in efforts to remove firearms from our streets as a means to aid the fight against crime". SAGA is particularly perturbed about the choice of words in this extract, since it creates the impression that the public must be disarmed and that licensed firearm owners are the cause of criminality. During the SAPS presentation in parliament the Major General stated very proudly that during the previous 2010 amnesty, more licensed firearms were in fact surrendered than unlicensed firearms. I would have thought there ought to be great joy if more unlicensed firearms, those mostly used by criminals, were surrendered. This statement clearly shows that government wants to disarm the ordinary law-abiding citizen, those who know that the police cannot protect them, and those who believe their survival lies in their own hands. Crimes are predominantly committed with unlicensed firearms, many of which were lost by, or stolen from, the police, military and other state departments, firearms smuggled into the country or emanating from previous arms caches which have still not been declared and home-made firearms, with a small number stolen from licenced firearm owners.
 
The police informed parliament that all steps have been (and are being) taken to ensure that surrendered firearms and ammunition remain in safe custody and will be destroyed without delay, but the fact of the matter is that they have indicated that in excess of 40 police stations will, because of security concerns, not be involved in the amnesty process at all. This is a sad reflection on the state of corruption and crime within the police service.
 
Although the police have maintained that there is no interdict against the Minister to declare an amnesty, what needs to be considered, is that GOSA obtained a temporary interdict against the police to ensure that the police may not take any action against those people who had failed to timeously apply for the renewal of their licenses, and as a result the National Commissioner had issued an instruction that no action must be taken against such people. This matter is currently pending and still needs to be dealt with in Court.

As soon as further detail and information becomes available about the amnesty conditions, SAGA will advise its members and the general public further.

SAGA promotes the responsible and safe possession and use of firearms for lawful purposes.
 


SAGA MEDIA STATEMENT: CRIME STATISTICS
SAGA MEDIA STATEMENT: CRIME STATISTICS
SAGA MEDIA STATEMENT - Crime Stats Sep2019.pdf (229.23KB)
SAGA MEDIA STATEMENT: CRIME STATISTICS
SAGA MEDIA STATEMENT: CRIME STATISTICS
SAGA MEDIA STATEMENT - Crime Stats Sep2019.pdf (229.23KB)


SAGA MEDIA STATEMENT: CRIME STATISTICS

25 September 2019

On the 12th of September 2019, the Minister of Police announced the crime statistics for 2018/19 which sketch a rather sombre picture for those of us trying to live in peace and promoting a culture of “a better life for all” and “everyone should be and feel safe” in South Africa.

For many of us the only question is: When do I become part of these statistics? Unfortunately for many this has already happened, and while we might not have been killed, we were the victim of a robbery, house breaking, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence or various other crimes. So, what is new, and what do we benefit from these statistics? Do we isolate ourselves even further by hiding behind our higher walls and rely on our improved security systems; or do we surrender to crime?

Some people are rather cynical when talking about statistics and say that the superlative form of a lie is statistics. It is a fact that one can apply statistics to suit your point of view – like blaming the police for the high crime rate, rather than the criminals, or blaming firearms for being the cause of murder rather than blaming the people who abuse firearms.
 
An analysis of the lengthy crime statistics document shows that firearms are the weapons of choice in the commission of certain violent crime, such as murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and business and home robberies. This does not mean that the majority of such crimes were committed with firearms. Knives and other sharpened instruments are still the weapon of choice for many.
 
However, even if one accepts that a large proportion of violent crimes were committed with firearms, the issue becomes insignificant the moment you ask whether the perpetrator was in the lawful or unlawful possession thereof. Obviously, hoplophobes (those who fear firearms) will argue that had it not been for civilian possession of firearms, the criminals would not have gotten hold thereof. This is a sick argument, since it diverts attention from the criminal to the tool, which is an inanimate object, incapable of doing anything by itself.
 
Two other things that these statistics do not tell you are, (i) how many of these murders were not really murders, but rather legitimate self-defence, including the killing of a suspect during the attempted execution of an arrest for a serious violent crime, or suicide or accidental or negligent killing; and (ii) what was the arrest, prosecution and conviction rate of those who allegedly committed these killings?

The Police Minister further told us that in about 30% (6306) of all alleged murders (21,022 cases) they established the causative factors (which means that in 70% they did not) to include arguments/misunderstandings, 1727; armed robbery, 751; domestic violence, 1115; faction/intra or intergroup conflict, 40; farm related, 47; gang related, 1120; illegal mining, 62; mob justice/vigilantism, 789; police murders, 70; political related, 8; revenge, 256; and taxi violence 321.
 
The two causes, which are of great concern, since they are the ones where lawfully possessed firearms could possibly have been used, are arguments and misunderstandings and domestic violence. All the others are typical crimes in which unlawfully possessed firearms and various other weapons would have been used.
 
The number of firearms and ammunition stolen from, and lost by, the SAPS, the SANDF and other official institutions has increased drastically over the years. Other major contributing factors for putting such tools in the hands of criminals are firearms smuggling across our porous borders and weapons that might still be stashed from the former conflict years.
 
Of course firearms do get stolen from licensed firearm owners, but we doubt whether this is a significant factor. Since criminals mostly use automatic weapons (R5, R4 and AK47) in business and cash-in-transit robberies, and as no automatic firearms have been stolen from or lost by licensed firearm owners, these weapons must have been sourced as described above. In any event, licensed firearm owners are equally subject to criminality and are being robbed and their homes plundered.

The Minister revealed that firearms, knives, unidentified sharp objects, body parts (hands, feet, etc), bricks/stones/rocks, sticks, bottles/bottle heads, sjamboks, pangas/machetes, and fire/matches were use in the commission of the murders. For law-abiding citizens this revelation is significant as we need to ensure that we are properly prepared to address the threats that we may encounter.

As responsible citizens, we do not go looking for trouble, we rather try to prevent trouble and stay away from danger zones. However, if harm comes our way, we need to be prepared to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our property. We know that we cannot rely on the police to protect us and that we are our own first responders to violent crime. We are responsible firearm owners who do not take the law into our own hands, however, we shall not tolerate criminals taking advantage of us. The message is clear: law-abiding and responsible firearm owners will defend themselves, their loved ones and their property against violent criminals. Arming oneself for lawful purposes and using any weapon of choice for personal defence remains a personal choice. SAGA strongly believes that neither government nor our courts have the right to deny any responsible and law-abiding citizen the right to exercise that choice.
Issued in the interest of all responsible firearm owners.

SAGA RELEASE - Portfolio Committee Meeting
SAGA RELEASE - Portfolio Committee Meeting
SAGA RELEASE 16.09.2019.pdf (417.3KB)
SAGA RELEASE - Portfolio Committee Meeting
SAGA RELEASE - Portfolio Committee Meeting
SAGA RELEASE 16.09.2019.pdf (417.3KB)


SAGA RELEASE - Portfolio Committee Meeting
Issued: 13 SEPTEMBER 2019


On Wednesday, 11th September 2019, SAGA Trustee Damian Enslin, and GOSA representatives, Paul Oxley, Tim Flack, Themba Kubheka and Maryna Micklem, and firearm activist Ludwig Churr, attended on the Portfolio Committee on Police (PCoP) meeting at Parliament, as a number of firearm related issues were being dealt with by the recently formed committee.

The main issues on the agenda at the PCoP were:

1.Auditor General’s report concerning SAPS financial issues.
2.The Civilian Secretariat’s presentation on upcoming legislation.
3.The SAPS presentation on the Firearms Amnesty 2019.
4.PSIRA presentation on the proposed PSIRA regulations.

With regards to the Auditor General’s financial report there is no need to report on this, as the presentation was not relevant to firearm issues.

The Civilian Secretariat’s presentation dealt with a number of forthcoming bills including the Firearms Control Amendment Bill. The presenter indicated that this bill would more than likely be publicised in the fourth quarter, which will be during January, February or March 2020.

Proposed Firearm Amnesty 2019

The Minister of Police signed a notice on the 15th August 2019 declaring an amnesty in terms of Section 139 of the Firearms Control Act wherein he had indicated that there would be a firearm amnesty from 1st October 2019 to 31st March 2020.

After SAPS presented the proposed Amnesty for 2019 to the PCoP, Dr Pieter Groenewald of the FF Plus pointed out to SAPS that the presentation was defective in a number of respects. The presentation referred to addressing the Committee on Security and Justice, whereas it should have referred to the PCoP; that it referred to a 2018 amnesty, and more critically, that the draft Notice for the proposed amnesty was not before the PCoP.

The committee members took a vote and they voted unanimously not to deal with the firearm amnesty.

PSIRA Presentation

After a very detailed PSIRA presentation, Mr A Whitfield and Mr O Terblanche of the DA, raised concerns about the duplication of the proposed new regulations with respect to the use of firearms by security officers. There was also concern about the definition of "semi-automatic" and although a PSIRA representative indicated that this would be amended to reflect semi-automatic rifles, again Mr Whitfield indicated that this did not make sense to him as criminals would be armed with fully automatic weapons, and taking away semi-automatic rifles would leave security companies with only semi-automatic pistols and revolvers.

The PSIRA representatives then indicated that this was just a proposed draft bill, that there would be further amendments to the bill and that the bill had not yet been publicised. Only when the bill is publicised would the actual final draft bill be presented to the PCoP.

To summarise the main issues from the meeting:

1.Although the amnesty has been delayed due to issues with the presentation as well as the draft notice not being presented to Parliament, there is the possibility of SAPS presenting the amnesty at a later date before the end of 2019.

2.A draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill could be publicised in January, February or March 2020. At that, stage there will be call for public comment.

3.The PSIRA legislation on firearms does not have a final bill and has not yet been publicised. Once it has been publicised there will be an opportunity for public input and comment and it will be brought before the PCoP.

The Committee also discussed the GOSA court case. Some committee members questioned whether there should indeed be a firearms amnesty or even a proposed Firearms Control Amendment Bill having regard to the fact that the GOSA court case had not been finalised.

A further development that arose during the meeting was an indication from the Chairperson of the PCoP, Ms Tina Joemat-Petterssen of the ANC, of the possibility of holding a firearms summit in the very near future with all stakeholders and organisations who have an interest in firearms.

With respect to expired firearm licences, we are still waiting on the GOSA court case, which together with the possible amnesty and FCA Amendment Bill publication, may have an impact on the expired firearm licence issue.

Finally, in terms of the GOSA interdict, if you are the holder of a firearm with an expired firearm licence, SAGA reiterates that there is nothing that you can or need to do, because you cannot be charged for being in possession of a firearm with an expired licence, nor can your firearm be seized.

We will keep SAGA members updated on these issues.


OPEN LETTER TO STATE PRESIDENT
OPEN LETTER TO STATE PRESIDENT
Ope Brief aan Staatspresident.pdf (393.88KB)
OPEN LETTER TO STATE PRESIDENT
OPEN LETTER TO STATE PRESIDENT
Ope Brief aan Staatspresident.pdf (393.88KB)

OPEN LETTER TO STATE PRESIDENT FROM CHASA CEO FRED CAMPHOR

President C Ramaphosa
Parliament
Cape Town
Honourable Mr President,
FIREARMS LEGISLATION AND OWNERSHIP IN RSA
I am the CEO of the South African Hunters and Game Consrvation Association (commonly known as SA Hunters) and I send you this open letter with the knowledge and support of my Board. I cannot claim to talk on behalf of all representatives of legal firearm owners, but I know most of those representatives well enough to state that they will agree with the views I share.

Not long after your inauguration as President of South Africa you started your “tuma mina” campaign. “Tuma mina” means “send me”, and I would like to use this opportunity to request: “Mr President, may I please send you, on behalf of all legal firearm owners in RSA, to just go have a look at the lack of proper implementation and administration of the Firearms Control Act.”

You will most likely start a new term as the President of South Africa after 8 May 2019 and I wish to deliberately already now request you to do this as one of the first priorities to be attended to. For too long we have had an extremely poor experience in RSA with too many illegal firearms being misused in this country, to the detriment of too many people.

I have since 2009 at various instances attempted to get an appointment with your Minister of Police, in an attempt to propose solutions for commonly known problems experienced with the implementation of firearms control legislation. Since January 2019 alone, I submitted at least three written requests to the Office of the Minister. The best response I can claim to have received, was one acknowledgement of receipt of my request. I am not alone in this quest, I know the representatives of all other legal firearms owners are treated the same way.

With all due respect, please allow me to point out just a couple of problems experienced with the firearms control legislation in RSA. These are merely examples and not meant to be a comprehensive list of problems.

The new Firearms Control Act (No 60 of 2000 as amended) was implemented from 2006 with a requirement that all privately owned firearms are to be re-licensed over a period of four years. The inability of the Central Firearms Registry (CFR), at that time, (and still today) to process the applications and issue licenses for legally owned firearms is common knowledge.

Then, by June 2009, the intention was to terminate and cancel all “old licenses”. This would, from the CFR’s and Police’s own information, have criminalised nearly 1 million owners of legally licensed firearms, who, at that time, did not yet apply for renewal of those licenses. SA Hunters then brought a High Court Application in an attempt to protect the interest of its members (and members of the public) to have all “old licenses declared as deemed valid until the main application is heard” and an interdict to this effect was indeed granted in the North Gauteng High Court. This interdict is still valid and the result hereof of is that RSA still has two different firearm licensing regimes.

There are approximately 760 000 firearms still legally licensed in terms of the “old Act”. This is still the situation as the SAPS merely failed to respond to the founding affidavit in the “main application” brought in 2009. As a matter of fact, the SAPS has to date never yet responded to the founding affidavit in that case.

The situation with slow processing of license applications, mistakes made, and a general inability to properly administer and implement the Act just continued unabated.

In March 2015, nine years after promulgation of the Act, a Firearms Summit was called by the Portfolio Committee on Police and was held in the Parliament buildings in Cape Town. The then Deputy Minister of Police, Honourable M Sotyu, then stated and I quote from the Portfolio Committee Report to Parliament published on 16 July 2015: “On 13 March 2015, the Deputy Minister undertook a monitoring/inspection visit to the CFR and found that the CFR has not been a priority for a long time. Infrastructure is falling apart; it has outdated IT systems; there is a high vacancy rate; many personnel who had been fired due to corruption were not replaced; and, there is a lack of command and control. Another major challenge is the fact that the Appeals Board is located in the same CFR building, and of course there would be blurring of mandates and collusion or rubber-stamping.

The Deputy Minister of Police stated that the state of readiness to implement the proposed amendments to the FAC is thus non-existent.”

While this was the statement made by the Deputy Minister in March 2015, it still describes exactly the same situation today and the same words could still be said today.

The Act as promulgated from 2006 provides in section 41 that a dealer must make available and maintain a workstation to maintain electronic access to the CFR database. This electronic access for dealers to the CFR database does not exist yet, despite millions of Rands spent on IT development work for the CFR. More than 13 years after the Act was promulgated the CFR still does not have the electronic access system available to dealers, as the Act requires.

The first legally issued new firearm licenses started lapsing in 2011. Since that date, licenses were renewed as long as five years after the date on which the license lapsed. This was done despite the fact that the Act requires applications for firearms license renewals to be submitted “at least 90 days” prior to the date on which a license lapses. In 2016 the then Acting Commissioner of Police suddenly gave an instruction that no application for renewal of a license should be accepted after the license lapsed. Yet, the same instruction states that during the 90 day period before a license lapses an application for renewal of such license may be accepted.

This unilateral change in practice to the detriment of citizens resulted in at least two High Court applications being brought against the Police for unilateral interpretation of legislation.

In July 2018 Gunowners of South Africa obtained an interdict against the SAPS that states the SAPS “...... are prohibited from implementing any plans of action or from accepting any firearms for which the license expired at its police stations or at any place for the sole reason that the license of the firearm expired and:

That the SAPS is prohibited from demanding that such firearms be handed over to it for the sole reason that the license of such a firearm has expired”

This quote is a direct extract from the Court Order dated 27 July 2018.

The SAPS applied for leave to appeal against the interim interdict and was indeed granted leave to appeal. Yet, the SAPS merely failed to file any application for appeal against the interdict. This leaves exactly the same uncertainty on what happens to those firearms of which the licenses lapsed.

It is common knowledge that the Act needs a serious review and amendments to the Act are long overdue. Possible amendments to the Act have been discussed between the then Secretary of Police and representatives of different groups of firearm owners since 2010. In a sworn statement made in a court application in 2016, the then Minister stated under oath that an Amendment Bill would be submitted to Parliament by September 2016. The exact words available from the High Court record reads as follows: It is my intention to present the Amendment Bill to Parliament in September 2016”. This did not happen yet.

As a matter of fact a draft Amendment Bill was leaked to the press during 2018. The content of this “bill” is described as draconian to say the least. It for instance provides that self-defense as a reason for owning a firearm would be scrapped. This in a country like South Africa with serious crime levels being rampant and on average 55 people murdered per day.

It is widely reported that at the destruction of firearms on 17 April 2019 the Honourable Minister of Police stated that one day it would be better if private citizens have no guns at all. In exactly the same statement the Minister provided the reason for his statement and also admitted that firearms stored by the Police are not safe at all. The exact words by the Minister were reported as “.... even those guns that have been surrendered here, usually they all come as legal guns, then they get stolen and converted into illegal firearms”.

In 2009 already, there were an estimated three million firearm licenses issued to two million individuals. By now there are most likely more. Nobody really knows how many firearms are licensed to how many owners, as the CFR and the SAPS does not want this information to be made known. Let us for the moment assume there are approximately 2,5 million legally licensed firearm owners, but I must state that this is most likely a conservative number.

All of these firearm owners are voters. By law you must be at least 21 years old to own a legally licensed firearm. These 2,5 million legally licensed firearm owners represent no less than 50 seats in Parliament. Surely this represents a reasonable sample of the voters in the country that should somehow be heard. It would not be unreasonable of such a sample to expect to be given an opportunity to be heard on serious matters.

By far the majority of legally licensed firearm owners in the country are reasonable citizens who just want meaningful firearms control. They want the Act to work successfully and allow them to own and use their firearms. They pay taxes and they want to obey the laws of the country.

None of us want to see the gang war fought on the Cape flats. None of us want the kind of tragedy that happened recently in New Zealand. None of us want to see any unlicensed firearm in the hands of robbers, murderers, rapists and gangsters. We just want the ability to, as reasonable and law abiding citizens, use our legally licensed firearms to hunt and to participate in sport shooting. We want to, in a reasonable system, be allowed to relicense our firearms, expect to be issued a license within a reasonable time and comply with the legislation.

In March 2016 there were an estimated 470 000 (four hundred and seventy thousand) firearms of which the new licenses lapsed, without the owners applying for renewal of such licenses within the time frame specified in the Act. By now it is most likely more than half a million firearms with lapsed licenses in a conservative estimate. The SAPS does not want to provide the exact number.

The owners of these firearms are represented throughout all race groups. They are not all just criminals. By far the most of them are law-abiding citizens who merely forgot to in good time renew the licenses of their firearms, just like dozens of citizens forget to in good time renew their driving licenses or the licenses of their motor vehicles.

Yet, each of these firearms with lapsed licenses are seen as an illegal firearm merely because the license lapsed and should the Police have their way, these firearms should be surrendered for destruction, even though the Minister of Police does not trust his own Police to keep these firearms safely until it should get destructed.

Should the estimated more than half a million firearms of which the licenses lapsed be illegal and the owners thereof prosecuted, it is common knowledge that it would be an impossible task as every single owner would have to be traced and charged of an offence, found guilty in court and then penalised, most likely with a jail sentence. With all due respect Honourable Mr President, we know that RSA as a country does not have the resources to add another half a million cases to policemen, magistrates, prosecutors, judges and courts that are already overburdened. This is just no practical way to solve the problem.

Similarly, an ordinary amnesty, where more than half a million firearms are to be surrendered to the Police is also not the answer, not if even the Minister of Police does not trust his own Police to take possession of these firearms and keep them safely until destroyed.

South Africa has had two previous amnesty periods where firearms were surrendered to the Police. It is once again common knowledge that a significant number of these firearms were (after they were surrendered) stolen and sold to the gangs in the Cape Flats by Policemen who were trusted to keep these firearms in safe custody.

In both instances of the previous amnesties, the explicit purpose was stated as to get illegal firearms off the streets. Yet, when asked a question in the Portfolio Committee on Police to indicate how many of the firearms surrendered during the two previous amnesties were indeed linked to any crime, the then Deputy Commissioner of Police confirmed that not a single firearm surrendered during the two were linked to any crime. While a lot is made about “normal” amnesties taking illegal firearms off the streets, “normal” amnesties however seem to have rather become the source of more illegal firearms getting to the streets.

Honourable Mr President, I could continue like this for many more pages. I do not want to waste your time. The representatives of legal firearm owners associations are willing and prepared to assist. We have a number of proposals to improve the system, to get rid of some of the problems, to amend the Act and eventually get to a meaningful functional firearms control system in RSA. Just like you, we also want a system that would not distribute more illegal firearms to gangsters.

We are even prepared to spend large amounts of time and money to make this work. But then, Mr. President, somebody needs to listen to us and talk to us. Somebody needs to trust us to the extent to sit down and do the work required to create meaningful solutions to some of the problems. Please allow us that opportunity and allow us to be part of the solution.

Should we not be able to take hands and get to a meaningful solution to these matters, I am afraid that we will see civil disobedience like this country has never seen before. Similar to the E-toll fiasco,where citizens merely said we will not pay, we could see a situation where legal firearm owners might get to the point where they could just say we will not comply. Please help us to avoid that point.

The collective representatives of legal firearm owners have the ability to solve most of the problems experienced. By allowing us the opportunity to bring some of the solutions in a relatively easy way, we could end up at a point where we have a single firearms administration system in RSA and where the problem of firearms with lapsed licenses is solved and illegal firearms removed from the streets. To achieve this, Mr. President, somebody with the necessary authority needs to sit down and listen to us and allow us to work with him or them to solve these matters.

Mr. President, I have, with all due respect, now used my opportunity to say “mina tuma wena”. Please see this as a constructive attempt to play a role to make South Africa a better country for all its citizens.
Yours sincerely
Fred Camphor
CEO: SA Hunters

SAGA MINISTER OF POLICE NO GUNS
SAGA MINISTER OF POLICE NO GUNS
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SAGA MINISTER OF POLICE NO GUNS
SAGA MINISTER OF POLICE NO GUNS
SAGA MinPol No guns.pdf (430.01KB)

 SAGA MEDIA STATEMENT

John Welch

Police Minister Cele’s statement on 17 April at the destruction of some 30 039 seized and surrendered firearms that It would be better if one day we don’t have private citizens having guns at all. It’s a tall order going forward but it would be better if one day, only the armed forces namely police and soldiers having [access to] guns”, was nothing new, however, it illustrates how remote he is from reality. With the violent crime rate what it is, it is irrational and unreasonable to deny good law-abiding citizens’ the means to defend themselves and others against violent home and business invasions and attacks in general. Not only is his statement irrational, it also seriously interferes with citizens’ constitutional rights to life, bodily integrity and property. To have rights but without the means to enforce such rights is useless, bearing in mind that, when a violent attack is imminent, most people do not have body guards present to protect them, neither are police officers on the scene and you do not have the luxury to apply for an interdict. Ordinary people remain the first, and often only, responders to crime. And while we have so often stated that one should avoid crime hot-spots, thereby preventing crime, it is totally unreasonable to expect citizens not to enjoy life, travel around and generally carrying on with their lives.

Hunting, sport shooting and collecting of firearms and ammunition are internationally and nationally recognised activities in which free people participate. And while the greater majority of these people neither commit nor contribute to crime, their rights should not be interfered with.

The minister continued: “It’s important to say that we are looking at the next batch [to be destructed] and we are trying to squeeze in the time for that so that we don’t keep these guns in the crime market for very long,”. SAGA fully agrees that for the police to keep these seized and surrendered firearms constitutes a serious risk since these firearms may (will?) sooner or later find their way to criminals. It must be borne in mind, though, that all confiscated firearms need to be inspected by or on behalf of the South African Heritage Resources Agency to ensure that no firearms of heritage value are destroyed.

The minister must concern himself and his police officials with their primary function – crime fighting, including removing illegally possessed firearms from society. When all crime is reduced to acceptable levels, many may stop carrying firearms for self-defence (and the minister would have achieved his goal) while hunters, sportsmen and collectors can continue to participate in their lawful activities without being concerned about irresponsible political threats. This is a win-win situation, excepting for criminals.

 

Link to List of Firearms March 2019

With regard to our email yesterday, please find below a link to the page on the SAPS website which gives a list of provinces with the firearms they intend to destroy.

https://www.saps.gov.za/resource_centre/notices/notices_firearm_destr.php

Destruction of Firearms
Destruction of Firearms Gazette 42284 Destruction 6Mar2019
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Destruction of Firearms
Destruction of Firearms Gazette 42284 Destruction 6Mar2019
Gazette 42284 Destruction 6Mar2019.pdf (227.33KB)


4 No. 42284 GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, 6 MARCH 2019
Government notices • GoewermentskennisGewinGs
Police, Department of/ Polisie, Departement van
DEPARTMENT OF POLICE

NOTICE IN TERMS OF SECTION 136 (1) OF THE FIREARMS CONTROL ACT, 2000
(ACT NO. 60 OF 2000)
By virtue of the powers vested in me by section 136 (1) of the Firearms Control Act, 2000
(Act No. 60 of 2000), I Khehla John Sitole, National Commissioner of the South African Police
Service, in my capacity as Registrar of Firearms as contemplated in section 123 of the said
Act, hereby give notice that the State intends to destroy all firearms, ammunition as well as
firearms parts, listed in the website below, that were voluntarily surrendered to or forfeited to
the State.

Interested parties can visit the South African Police Service website at www.saps.gov.za
, for a list of firearms, ammunition of firearm parts intended to be destroyed by the State.
In terms of section 136 (2) of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No. 60 of 2000), any person
who has a valid claim to such firearm(s) or ammunition or such firearm part(s) may, within 21 days after the date of publication of this notice, make representations to me as to why such firearm(s) or ammunition or such firearm part(s) should not be destroyed. The representations must contain complete information of the firearm(s), ammunition or firearm part(s) and the police station where the firearm(s) ammunition and firearm part(s) were surrendered to or forfeited to the State.

By Post: The National Commissioner (Registrar)
South African Police Service
Private Bag x811
PRETORIA
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This gazette is also available free online at www.gpwonline.co.za
4 No. 42284 GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, 6 MARCH 2019
Government notices • GoewermentskennisGewinGs
Police, Department of/ Polisie, Departement van
DEPARTMENT OF POLICE
NO.



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