Mthethwa licence promises impossible - FF+

2010-11-25 20:44

Cape Town - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's undertaking to reduce the backlog in gun licences within nine months is "basically impossible", Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Groenewald said on Thursday.

"It is basically impossible that the undertaking of the minister that the backlog in the renewal of licences of firearms will be completed within nine months will be met," Groenewald said in a statement.

"What is also worrying is that there are approximately four million firearms in the country and only 1.3 million applications for re-licensing were received.

"More than 2.7 million firearms are therefore still on the old system in terms of the previous Act."

Mthethwa said in a parliamentary reply to Groenewald that 1.3 million applications for the renewal of firearm licences have been received since the coming into force of the new Firearms Control Act in 2000.

He said 499 043 of the applications had been approved, 15 766 denied and 2 009 were on appeal.

The figures "confirm" that the backlog in the processing of the applications by the police is more than 800 000, Groenewald said.

"It confirms the view and supports the FF Plus' proposal to the minister that all old licences should remain legal and only new purchases of firearms should be licensed in terms of the new Act."

  • U1 - 2010-11-25 21:25

    Again proof that the person in charge of the department doesn't have a clue of what is happening. if they can sort out the backlog in 9 months, why am I still waiting after 4 years of putting in the application? Useless dingbat.

      Bernard - 2010-11-25 22:09

      Same here, applied in 2005 and to date nothing !!!

      Maleo - 2010-11-26 07:05

      It will be outdated if and when you eventually receive it -- so you'll have to start the renewal process again...

  • Bernard - 2010-11-25 22:12

    Same here, applied in 2006 and up to date ? nothing !!!

      francois.roux1 - 2010-11-25 23:56

      So did you apply in 2005 or 2006?

  • francois.roux1 - 2010-11-25 23:56

    Applied for mine, which was a heirloom and would be used for target and competition shooting only not much use for anything else anyway, and was declined after only 2 months because I didn't give enough motivation, according to them. Sent in an appeal, waited another 3 years and was then approved...

  • Joe - 2010-11-26 03:23

    It's not about what they can actually do, but more about what they are SAYING, which is just what you need to hear. I'll wager nothing changes.

  • Geewiz - 2010-11-26 06:36

    Nine months, maybe 9 years and that’s a big maybe

  • BigMoose - 2010-11-26 09:40

    It will only take 9 months to reject the millions of applications for fire-arm licenses. That gets rid of the backlog. Nasty Mthethwa didn't say that all the licenses would be granted in 9 months, did he? Read between the lines.

  • randrdunbar - 2010-11-26 12:35

    How did this backlog come about?The Minister tells us what we want to here but doesn't inform us as to how it will be done?There is a lack of transparency here.How do you expect us to believe in you,Minister?A little less talk, more action please,Minister.Criminals are getting weapons quicker than law abiding citizens are getting licences.If in the event of a life threatening situation may a law abiding citizen defend himself with his purchased firearm even if he doesn't possess a firearm licence?Please advise us if you would,Minister?

  • Jack - 2010-11-26 13:16

    Our local DFO stated that he has only just started on the 2008 renewals. The minsiter like the rest of the ANC do not have a clue. Jenny Irish-Qhobosheane stated at a meeting that firearm owners wanted to give up their licences issued for life in favour of the new type. Is she an idiot or what?

  • BT - 2010-11-26 13:35

    We all know that this "new scheme' was merely to 1) make money, 2) rid legal owners of their firearms!!

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