Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
18 Aug 2021
3:16 pm

SA’s gun owners and security companies are arming its criminals

Sipho Mabena

Police are a problem, but they are nowhere near as guilty as civilian gun owners and private security companies, when it comes to losing guns.

Picture: SAPS

With about 700 guns lost each year, the SA Police Service (Saps) has often been blamed for arming criminals, thus fuelling SA’s scourge of violent crime. But it appears licensed firearm owners and private security companies lose thousands more guns than the police. This seemingly strengthens Police Minister Bheki Cele’s push to tighten restrictions on public ownership of guns through the Firearms Control Act (FCA) Amendment Bill, and clamping down on rogue elements within the private-security sector and within Saps' ranks. Civilians arming criminals According to the 2000-2014 Police Secretariat Firearm Report, a total of 176,000 cases of lost...