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Cops launch gun licence education plan

2011-06-29 18:17

Johannesburg - A programme to educate people about the firearm licence application process will be launched in August, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Wednesday.

Roadshows would be held throughout the country at which people could detail any challenges they had faced with the process, he said in Pretoria.

Speaking after a progress review meeting with the task team responsible for a turnaround strategy for firearms applications, Mthethwa said that the 1 080 696 backlog in applications in February, had been reduced to 121 449 by June 26.

Of these, 60% were already at the central firearms registry.

"We acknowledged that there were challenges but from where I am sitting currently, I am satisfied with [the] progress," he said.

Mthethwa wants all applications for firearm licences, competency certificates and renewals finalised by the end of August.

"Internally, we shall ensure that we implement tailor-made systems that will help us deal with this challenge and avoid future backlogs," he said.

Putting in place systems without understanding applicants' frustrations would not help, he said.

Comments
  • Pfffft - 2011-06-29 18:29

    It's not the public that needs the help, it's the authorities themselves! Plebeians!

      HCrouse - 2011-06-29 21:38

      That's it exactly.

  • jock - 2011-06-29 18:57

    are you going to invite the thousands of criminals with illegal guns to the road show?

  • Ross - 2011-06-29 18:59

    Good news. More responsible people need guns in this country.

  • Crime Buster - 2011-06-29 19:00

    I own a game farm and my licence was not approved - I need to get a letter from the farm owneer where I hunt - that was after stating in my appplication I was the owner of the game .... something fishy going on. The wife applied for shotgun for trap shooting - now they want proof that the firearm is the most suitable for the activity - what a joke should she use a "kettie" - please Sir this is a joke and you know it!!!

      LBS - 2011-06-30 15:43

      Not to mention the fact that you need guns to protect yourself!

  • ProudofPink - 2011-06-29 19:02

    Why not rather educate your department on how to issue a licence. Three years and waiting ..... The licence will have expired by the time I get it. What a joke!

  • AgPseDaddy - 2011-06-29 19:23

    The police and the anc regime should be the first to educated in fire arm licencing !!!!!

  • Gunsite - 2011-06-29 20:23

    Class action law suit registration: Private Citizens vs. SAPS http://bit.ly/j2WUJq

  • jacky.wrighton - 2011-06-29 20:32

    hahahaha. This is obciously a joke? I am frustrated because after two years, my application hasn't even got to the safe-checking stage, never mind getting anywhere near approval. My frustration ius fairly easy to understand!

      Larro - 2011-06-30 04:53

      Jacky, buy one on the black market like everyone else. Cheaper and much quicker.

  • Brett - 2011-06-29 21:44

    Frankly, I do not believe the figures the Minister is giving. Unless the CFR has been refusing licences en masse, or cancelling the application because of 'incomplete information' etc and telling the applicant to re-apply. The statistics given bear no resemblence to the Minister's answer to a parliamentary question by the FF+'s Pieter Groenewald MP a month ago; in the security guard case the SAPS lost in April (South African Intruder Detection Association, several security companies and about 4 500 individual security officers) Colonel Elias Hlamalane Mahlabane of the CFR states in a sworn affidavit “As at 2 November 2010 when the Fourth Respondent made a media briefing as stated above, there was a total of 1 048 341 backlog for new licences, renewal of licences and competency certificates.” and “As of 22 February 2011, CFR had finalized 327 233 applications while 721 108 were still outstanding. This figure includes new licences, competency certificates and renewals.” Mid April the Colonel told Independent reporter Zelda Venter there was a backlog of 700 000 applications. So the question is: Are a million people walking around with licences granted since November?

  • Stanley Black - 2011-06-30 07:57

    As a South African this is an issue that I feel is not given the attention it should. It need everyday South Africans to formulate opinions on it and for those opinions to be debated and commented on as a society. www.WeCanDoBetter.co.za is somewhere you can do all that, go check it our submitting and commenting is easy and requires no registration.

  • Augustinus Kleingeld - 2011-06-30 08:31

    Took me 5 years of rejectons and appeals to get a small pistol licensed. Useless!

  • marc.dhotman - 2011-06-30 10:26

    We live in a country where frustrated people demonstrate and damage stuff. Our government has been frustrating gun owners for how long? not only that but they also force them to join a "club". I wonder what will happen when all these gun owners who are frustrated and communicate(because they all belong to the "club") get together?

  • Emil Loffler - 2011-06-30 14:32

    Us whites should resort to carrying guns like in the old West, vigilante law must be legalized and all criminals shot to pieces by the public. There are just too many of the black negroid species stalking us. I mean in a game reserve a ranger has to carry a weapon, and we have worse predators stalking us in our day to day living and business area's since the sad fall of aparthheid. Every second person I know has had cars taken one way or another by blacks, including myself, twice.

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