Way off Target

Way off Target

Failing gun control measures are costing South Africa billions. By Gavin Foster

Ever since the Firearms Control Act (FCA) of 2000 replaced the Arms and Ammunition Act of 1969, SAPS has lurched and stumbled erratically over implementing the new law.

In July a commission of inquiry into the Central Firearms Registry (CFR) was set up after two police brigadiers were suspended following allegations of bribery, corruption and arranging firearms licences and temporary permits for various gangsters, terrorists and self-confessed murderers.

The suspensions were not a first for the registry; it suspended most of its senior management in 2004 for allegedly similar behaviour. Then, there were no convictions but most of the suspended police officers left the force rather than return to work.

During the investigation an employee of the gun shop told the Hawks that she had personally delivered large sums of cash to Mangwane at the behest of her employers twice every month, to ensure the swift processing of licences for customers. These included convicted Nigerian terrorist Henry Okah and self-confessed killer Mikey Schultz, who was granted immunity from prosecution when he turned State witness against Glenn Agliotti after pulling the trigger on Brett Kebble.

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