Guidelines for the national firearm amnesty

Bothasig police station has had a lot of enquiries about the current firearm amnesty, according to the station’s Warrant Officer Jacques Mostert.

Police Minister Bheki Cele declared the amnesty in December last year and it ends on Sunday May 31.

During this time, citizens can surrender illegal and unwanted firearms without fear of prosecution.

Warrant Officer Mostert has compiled answers to a list of questions frequently asked by the public.

* Will I receive proof for receipt of the surrendered illegal firearm?

Yes, a person who surrenders their firearm, firearm part, or ammunition during the amnesty must complete and sign the necessary forms and will get a receipt.

* Will I be paid any money or compensation for any item I surrender under the firearm amnesty?

No compensation will be paid to any person who surrenders a firearm during the firearm amnesty.

* Can I surrender my licensed firearm, if I don’t need it anymore?

Yes, any firearm may be surrendered at your nearest police station.

* What will happen to the surrendered firearms?

All surrendered firearms and firearm parts will be Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS) tested and destroyed after being gazetted.

For more information about the amnesty, visit your nearest police station, go to www.saps.gov.za or call the 24-hour Central Firearm Registry Enquiry Desk at 012 353 6111. The designated firearm officer at Table View police station, Warrant Officer Riaan Prins, can be contacted at Parklands police station at 021 521 3808/0 or at 079 894 1448.