Rorisang Kgosana
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2 Dec 2019
5:55 am

Gun renewal applications not being processed due to system issue

Rorisang Kgosana

An estimated 1 million legal firearm renewal applications have been delayed due to the police’s failure to repair its IT systems.

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Also, the unlawful 2016 national directive which prohibits the renewal of expired licences has not been retracted. “The Central Firearms Registry (CFR) cannot currently control the normal flow of renewal applications, and Minister of Police Bheki Cele recently acknowledged it,” said Southern African Agri Initiative (Saai) chairperson Dr Theo de Jager. “This leads to great concern over the SA Police Service’s [Saps’] capacity to sensibly manage the amnesty period over the next six months.” De Jager noted Saps had a “very poor track record” regarding firearm control and alleged Saps had lost thousands of its own firearms over the past...