Cops destroy 12 000 SA illegal guns

Thousands and thousands of illegal guns seized during the prevention of crime in South Africa will be destroyed.

The cops announced the date of 20 October 2016 as the day of the destruction of firearms in Mzansi.

“Some of these firearms were voluntarily surrendered to us and some were seized as exhibits after they had been used in the commission of crime,” spokesman Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said on Wednesday.

“It is a fact that firearms are at the centre of many incidents involving serious, violent crime in South Africa and by destroying them, we ensure that they can never find their way back into circulation,” the cop said.

He said internationally – as part of the Firearm Destruction Day – all illegal guns are destroyed in July of every year in compliance with United Nations laws.

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“Although the UN calendar day to destruct firearms was in July, as part of cleaning up the streets, getting back to basics and ensuring that Crime Must Fall, the South African Police Service initiated the destruction of more than 12 000 firearms on 20 October 2016 in recognition of the day,” added Mohlala.

The cops will destroy the guns using very heavy machines owned by the SCAW Metal Group in Germiston.

‘”This also illustrates that both government and police regard the problem of firearms as a serious concern, and that the police intend to gain and maintain strict control over both illegal and legal firearms in South Africa through the Firearm Control Act number 60 of 2000,” he said.

(edited by ZK)

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