Sipho Mabena
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27 May 2022
8:10 pm

ConCourt shoots down Cele’s bid to stop gun owners renewing their licences

Sipho Mabena

The ConCourt ruling means gun owners who had to hand in their firearms to Saps can apply to licence the guns.

Police Minister Bheki Cele. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

In a ruling which will be an administrative nightmare for the SA Police Service (Saps), Police Minister Bheki Cele has lost his bid to stop thousands of gun owners whose licences had expired from re-licencing their guns. Constitutional Court judges upheld the Supreme Court of Appeal's (SCA's) finding that the Firearms Control Act contained a mechanism by which a gun owner could regain lawful possession of a firearm as it remained the property of the gun owner. This means even if a gun owner handed in their firearms to the police after the lapse of the renewal period, the gun...