“This prompted the minister of police, Gen Bheki Cele, to strategy parliament to approve a brand new software of a six-month amnesty interval. The approval of the brand new software has since been revealed within the Authorities Gazette on 31 July 2020 which now permits all individuals with unlawful or undesirable firearms in addition to ammunition at hand them in at their nearest police station,” police stated on Saturday.
They urged individuals to reap the benefits of this era by handing in these firearms and ammunition both for destruction or renewal of a competency certificates and a sound licence.
“The most recent Nationwide Crime Statistics as soon as once more present that firearms have been the popular weapon within the fee of many of the violent crime. Decreasing the circulation of firearms could doubtlessly cut back the scourge of violent crimes fairly considerably. The Firearm Amnesty envisages to see a decreased variety of illegally possessed firearms in circulation within the nation. It due to this fact offers firearm homeowners with the chance at hand in unlawful and undesirable firearms which can outcome within the prevention of crime and promotion of security to make sure individuals residing in SA are and really feel protected,” police spokesperson Col Brenda Muridili stated.
She stated it should be famous, nevertheless, that no indemnity could be granted for firearms used to commit any crime.
“All firearms which were handed in will bear ballistic testing to make sure that they haven’t been used within the fee of any crimes, earlier than they are often thought of for destruction,” she added.