Mass abolition of illegal firearms in South Africa takes place bi-annually, but Gun Free SA has called for this process to happen more frequently so as to lower crime rates in the country.
The advocacy group said guns were subject to loss and theft from the date of their creation to that of their termination. They believe that if mass abolition were to happen more often, the risk of loss, theft and fraud would be minimised.
In the Western Cape there are more than 1,000 illegal firearms. Last week Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz said that the delay in destroying illegal firearms in the province was due to the South African Police Services lacking adequate premises to conduct the procedure. Guns are currently destroyed in Johannesburg.
“I call on the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, to urgently develop suitable premises in the Western Cape to fast track the destruction of illegal firearms in the Western Cape,” said Minister Fritz.