Bheki Cele toys with the notion of restricting private firearm use

Bheki Cele toys with the notion of restricting private firearm use

Police Minister Bheki Cele feels that SA would be better if only armed forces had access to firearms. Cele would like to restrict private firearm use, citing the high statistics of gun-related violence.

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Minister Bheki Cele wants a South Africa where only armed forces, not private citizens, have access to firearms.

The Police Minister knows that it would be a 'tall order' but is adamant that it would be for the best.

The Minister, along with National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole, took part in the destruction of more than 30 000 firearms in Vereeniging this week, according to The South African.

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The firearms destroyed had mostly been surrendered to the government by their rightful owners. Others had either been seized or forfeited.

This is the first time since 2016 that firearms had been destroyed, with Cele explaining that the delay had stemmed from ensuring weapons with historical value were retained.

“We have organisations for requests to find museum material which are taken to museums, we [have] since spoken with the Commissioner. We will need a Memorandum of Understanding with those organisations to say we are no longer going to wait for too long because we all realise that keeping them there in the storerooms, is tempting criminals.”

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Cele says that 60 000 more firearms have been earmarked for destruction, with the police eager to remove any temptation 'naughty' people may have.

The Police minister is convinced that removing firearms from public use is the way forward:

“Remember that when we make our murder stats, most of the people in South Africa are shot, even those guns that have been surrendered here, usually they all come as legal firearms and then they get stolen and converted into illegal firearms."

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