One thousand one hundred and sixty of the 14 382 weapons destroyed last week Thursday in Gauteng were from Limpopo. This is according to Ronel Otto, Provincial Police Spokesperson.
“The weapons comprised hand weapons and other firearms. Some of these firearms were voluntarily surrendered to the SAPS and were legally owned, while some were seized as exhibits after being used in the commission of a crime or were confiscated during operations, others were unlawfully possessed firearms,” she said.
The destruction of the firearms was carried out on International Firearm Destruction Day. In January 9 447 firearms were destroyed and over the last four years more than 120 000 firearms and around 1 million rounds of ammunition were destroyed by the Police.
National Police Commissioner Riyah Phiyega reportedly said more firearms will be destroyed before the end of the year. “This number also includes firearms that were previously owned by the SAPS and other official institutions,” she is quoted to have said.
“The continuous increase in ammunition and the number of firearms confiscated is a direct result of our intensified crime prevention operations and police visibility. We take it to heart that there are many families in this country who have suffered tremendous grief as a result of the crimes perpetrated with these unlawful firearms.”
She assured the public that the firearms had been subjected to all processes prescribed by the firearms control legislation, which includes the publication of their details, and said much still needs to be done to recover all unlawful firearms from criminals in the country.
“We need everyone to come on board and work with us.
“If you are aware of any illegal firearm, call us on 0860010111.
“I can assure you that we will most certainly do something about it,” Phiyega said.
Story: NELIE ERASMUS