South Africa: Thousands of guns handed in during amnesty

source: IOL
April 12 2010 at 11:02PM

More than 30 000 firearms were surrendered during the firearms amnesty which ended at midnight on Sunday, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Monday.

Most of those guns were from Gauteng, he told reporters in Pretoria, alongside police Commissioner Bheki Cele.

Of the 32 169 guns recovered, 27 percent were illegal, more than half voluntarily surrendered and the rest confiscated at roadblocks and during search-and-seizures.

“This is encouraging… We’re able to remove a large number of illegal firearms out of circulation. This augurs very well with our objective of [reducing the] proliferation of firearms in the country.”

The numbers were most “pleasing” as there had been doubts people would surrender their [continue reading]

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