The largest number of unlicensed weapons in SA comes from black townships and squatter camps
Although the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, did not say this prominently, it became known that the largest number of illegal weapons were handed in by people from locations and squatter camps.
Firearms can be still handed in at police stations until the end of May this year, when the official amnesty period will come to an end.
Observers have pointed out that the handing in of weapons that are likely to be smuggled into the country is now being handed over in the hope that the crime and the firearm with which the crime was committed will not be detected.
The Minister’s remark that he would like to see that no one in the country owns a weapon was not well received by Afrikaners.
The farmers themselves have also expressed concern that they will be left defenceless against the killers who focus on farms.
The arms amnesty period began on December 1, 2019 and ends on May 31 this year.