A firearm amnesty period of six months has been declared by Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, up until 31 January 2021. The period commenced on 01 August 2020. According to Brigadier Motantsi Makhele, this allows members of the public to surrender unwanted firearms, firearms they possess illegally, as well as ammunition or parts of the firearm, to the South African Police Service.
According to him, this can be done without any fear of being prosecuted for the unlawful possession of this equipment. The amnesty period aims to reduce the large pool of illegal or unwanted firearms or ammunition as well as parts of a firearm.
“A person who surrenders a firearm in compliance with the Act, may apply for a licence in respect of that firearm. The provisions to possess a firearm will be made available by the police station, which includes limitation on the number of firearms for a person to legally possess, for applicants to have valid competency certificates, etc.,” said Makhele.
Community members are also reminded that firearms or ammunition cannot be inherited and no one is allowed to have a firearm without a licence.