Police destroy over 753 000 firearms

2011-07-26 22:24

Cape Town - Since the implementation of the Firearms Control Act, the SA Police Service destroyed 753 118 firearms between April 1 2004 and March 31 this year, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Tuesday.

In written reply to a parliamentary question by Pieter Groenewald of the Freedom Front Plus, he said of these firearms, 182 574 were handed in to the police for disposal by lawful owners.

Another 174 205 were illegal firearms, he said.

  • Francois - 2011-07-26 22:59

    It's more likely that they think that they destroyed 3/4 of a million weapons, but that at least half of those actually went missing and they have no idea what happened to them...

      motsokwane - 2011-07-26 23:18


      Frungy - 2011-07-27 02:07

      @motsokwane - According to international sources 15% of the recovered weapons used in crimes in South Africa had been recorded as "destroyed". Now you've got to realise that this is probably just the tip of the iceberg since these are only the weapons they could prove were supposed to have been destroyed, i.e. where the criminals were too stupid to file off the registration numbers. The simple fact is that this points to massive and consistent criminal activity within the branch of the SAPS responsible for destroying these weapons. The solution isn't to destroy weapons, it's to require that every S.A. citizen who pays taxes carry a firearm. Then when there's a crime you don't have to wait 3 hours for the cops to arrive, you just blow your whistle and your neighbours come with their M14's to shoot the living hell out of the criminals (provided the criminals are armed). South Africa needs to change the rules and stop impeding citizens' rights to defend themselves and others.

      Organist-1 - 2011-07-27 08:35

      182,000 handed in by lawful owners. Now If I were in parliament I would ask this question ----- How many of those once lawful owners have been murdered because they didn't have a weapon to defend themselves against criminals who probably used one of those "missing" police weapons.? In this violent country it is everyones civil right to own a firarm if he is psychologically competent to defend himself. There is hardly a week that goes by when we don't hear of some corrupt police official. How do criminals get to use "high power" police issue firearms anyway?

      Wizard101 - 2011-07-27 09:30

      @ Frungy motsokwane can not read all that you have typed here . Two words will do : "ANC idiot"

      ray - 2011-07-27 09:39

      I know of someone who handed his firearm in on a Friday and SAPS wanted to arrest him on Monday as it had been used in a robbery over the weekend.Fortunately,he had a receipt.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-07-26 23:07

    AK, eish i did mean OK

  • Boetman - 2011-07-27 00:10

    How would our incompotent, corrupt police know this? They cannot even issue a legal fire arms licence in 3 years! The number is meaningless anyway........most of it is stolen SAPS and Weermacht weapons. They have no clue how to control their own weapons. Or staff. Now days innocent members of the public is getting shot by policemen with legal weapons............

  • Nic - 2011-07-27 00:35

    Great News this...if we get guns off the street then there will be no more spur of the moment shootings which most criminals regret afterwards. Its amazing how when you are in the moment you use the gun but at that moment you are not in control of yourself...pity really that so many people have to die this way!

      Brett - 2011-07-27 09:07

      Nice logic, Nic. Disarm the law-abiding to prevent career criminals shooting each other.

      umhlopo - 2011-07-29 13:35


  • Riaan - 2011-07-27 05:46

    And the rest????? 182574 + 174205 = 356779 Now 753118 - 356779 = 396339. Where did they come from? Donations?

      hollochris - 2011-07-27 06:54

      Eish-- surely you didn't believe their figures to be correct?? Maths is a bliksem..

      Jamie - 2011-07-27 07:41

      They took those out of the police armoury, just to get the numbers up. It didn't occur to them that that might leave them defenceless.

      Wizard101 - 2011-07-27 09:33

      @ Riaan Big numbers sounds very important,then it seems that they are doing their job.

      Peter - 2011-07-27 10:30

      @Jamie. Why would it leave them defenceless.They never come when called anyway and you don't have to be armed to harrass people for bribes(for KFC).

  • janbantjies - 2011-07-27 07:36

    Yes, and a fat lot of good it did. Crime is right down now isn`t it?

  • Henk van der Merwe - 2011-07-27 08:35

    Instead of disarming legal gun owners, spend your time and money trying to find the illegal firearms. The firearms control act is one of the worst things to happen to South Africa, criminals are not afraid of being shot anymore, they know that there are less people owning guns.

  • jen - 2011-07-27 08:37

    Mmmmm... except my Dad's. His shotgun and revolver were used in a cash heist and armed robbery.

  • Brett - 2011-07-27 09:06

    The 182 574 guns that were handed in to the police for disposal by lawful owners were handed in as a result of intimidation and threats of 15 years imprisonment. In other words, the Minister is little different from an armed robber. The Minister has not compensated one of those former gun owners as provided for in the FCA. The Deputy Judge President of the Cape High Court characterised that as unlawful and inconsistent with the Constitution.

  • Lions Man - 2011-07-27 09:35

    The maths doesn't add up. Anyway what a complete waste of money. I will NEVER be unarmed in this country. Join SAGA and the law case against the State for non compensation.

  • Red Baron - 2011-07-27 18:32

    How did they count it if they can't read or write. When I had a break-in the constable did not have a driver's license and could not complete the forms.

  • umhlopo - 2011-07-29 13:34

    Destroyed or given back to the comrades in the kasie

  • michael.e.bowery - 2011-08-25 20:01

    And how many went into the hands of the police for what , crime , personal ownership we may never know.

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