Police Minister Bheki Cele has received more than 200 surrendered firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition after a Johannesburg arms dealer took up a call by the South African Police Service to surrender unwanted or unlicensed firearms as part of the Firearm Amnesty.
The amnesty period will run until the end of May.
#PoliceMinistry Minister of Police Gen #BhekiCele appeals to the nation to use the amnesty period which will go through until the end of May 2020. He further said when the period ends, law will be tough on those who persist on carrying unlicensed guns. #GunsOffTheStreets TM pic.twitter.com/3ZT2wbKgWG— SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) January 14, 2020
Sharing an update on the progress of the amnesty, Cele says they will try to make sure the process helps reduce the circulation of firearms in communities.
One gun handed over is good, remember one gun can kill a whole nation.— Bheki Cele, Police Minister
All guns that are surrendered are traceable. The owner or whoever surrenders gives the details, we check where the gun comes from and all that. The guns will be checked with ballistics and find out whether they have committed any crime. The owners will have to answer.— Bheki Cele, Police Minister
Click on the link below to hear the full interview...