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Minister-of-Safety-and-Security-Notice-of-Appeal-July-2017
Minister-of-Safety-and-Security-Notice-of-Appeal-July-2017
Minister-of-Safety-and-Security-Notice-of-Appeal-July-2017.pdf (1.33MB)
Minister-of-Safety-and-Security-Notice-of-Appeal-July-2017
Minister-of-Safety-and-Security-Notice-of-Appeal-July-2017
Minister-of-Safety-and-Security-Notice-of-Appeal-July-2017.pdf (1.33MB)
SAGA Newsflash concerning Expired Firearms Licences
SAGA Newsflash concerning Expired Firearms Licences
SAGA Newsflash concerning Expired Firearms Licences.pdf (65.29KB)
SAGA Newsflash concerning Expired Firearms Licences
SAGA Newsflash concerning Expired Firearms Licences
SAGA Newsflash concerning Expired Firearms Licences.pdf (65.29KB)


NEWSFLASH Concerning Expired Firearm Licences

In a previous advisory we indicated the possibility that the Minister of Police may appeal
against the judgement handed down by Judge Tolmay on the 4th July 2017, declaring
section 24 and section 28 unconstitutional.
SAGA has now received a copy of the Minister of Police’s Notice of Appeal to the
Constitutional Court, and the Minister is appealing against the whole judgement handed
down by Judge Tolmay. (The Notice of Appeal will be on our website soon.)
Although Judge Tolmay’s judgement stands until the Appeal has been heard by the
Constitutional Court, our advice to our members with firearm/s with expired licences, is to
retain such firearm/s in their safe until further notice. And we also advise such members not
to approach the SAPS at all, until we communicate further on this matter.
For those members who need to renew their firearm licence/s, please continue to do so
making sure you apply more than 90 days before the licence/s expire.
SAGA will keep you updated concerning this very important matter.

SA Hunters Case Judgement


SAGA trustee, Stef Grobler, attended the North Gauteng High Court this morning to hear the judgement in the SA Hunters case.
Judge Ronel Tolmay handed down judgement in favour of SA Hunters, declaring that Section 24 read with Section 28 of the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000 (FCA) is unconstitutional.
The Judge also ordered government to amend Section 24 of the FCA within 18 months, and that until the Constitutional Court had confirmed her order, all firearm licenses which are or were about to be renewed in terms of Section 24 shall be deemed to be valid.
SAGA applauds this very well reasoned and practical approach by the Judge to a situation that is affecting a large number of our members and firearm owners in South Africa.
A more detailed report will be sent out to our members in due course and we will post the judgement online.

HIGH COURT RULING JULY 2017
HIGH COURT RULING JULY 2017
High Court Ruling 4July2017.pdf (2.53MB)
HIGH COURT RULING JULY 2017
HIGH COURT RULING JULY 2017
High Court Ruling 4July2017.pdf (2.53MB)



Update on Expired Licences and the Firearm Amnesty

We wish to advise that one of our trustees, Mr Damian Enslin, attended a Western Cape Dealers Forum meeting on the afternoon of 7th June 2017, which meeting was attended by Major General Bothma, the Commanding Officer of FLASH, as well as by Col. Van Lill, the WC Provincial FLASH Commander.

Mr Enslin raised two issues at the meeting - the amnesty as well as the apparent ongoing  operations to seize firearms from those with expired firearm licences.

THE AMNESTY

With respect to the amnesty, Major General Bothma advised that SAPS submitted the terms of reference and conditions with respect to the amnesty to the Minister of Police and now await the Minister’s response. Thereafter the amnesty and its conditions will be submitted to  Parliament for approval.

Major General Bothma advised that the amnesty would be specifically aimed at persons with expired firearm licences, who would be granted an opportunity to submit new applications to their DFOs and that such persons would have a period of six months to do so.  

Major General Bothma also advised that the fact that one’s firearm licence had expired, would not be held against the applicant,  but he could not indicate as to whether it would be required of the firearm licence holder to surrender the firearm at the same time that he/or she applied for the new licence, and that this specific issue is in the hands of the Minister of Police.

SAGA is therefore hopeful that the amnesty will be submitted to Parliament this month, but with the recent appointment of the new Minister of Police as well as a new acting National Commissioner, it is possible that the amnesty may only be before Parliament next month, which would mean that the amnesty may be in effect from later this year.
ACTIONS BY POLICE TO SEIZE FIREARMS WITH EXPIRED FIREARM LICENCES

At the WC Dealers meeting referred to above, we were advised by Major General Bothma, that in light of the former Acting National Commissioner’s directive of the 8th May 2017, and the court cases as well as the fairly imminent amnesty, that there should be no such operations or raids by SAPS to contact persons with expired licence and to seize such firearms.

Despite the above assurance from Major General Bothma, it always appears that it does take some time for the word to filter to all levels of the SAPS, and therefore, if any SAGA member who is in possession of a firearm with an expired licence, and who is contacted by a SAPS official, who does request that the firearm be surrendered, please contact our office and we will then bring this to the attention of Major General Bothma.

SAGA will of course keep its members up to date with regard to these important issues as things develop.


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The South African Gunowners' Association (SAGA) is a non-profit, non-discriminatory organization, whose sole purpose is to represent the interests of all people who embrace the principles of safe and responsible ownership and usage of firearms for sport, recreation, hunting and self-defence.
        
SAGA is the watchdog that endeavours to safeguard the rights of the South African public by engaging government in discussion regarding firearm related issues and to provide technical assistance and expertise where needed. This is achieved by collecting and disseminating information regarding all aspects of the legitimate use of firearms. This is to enable responsible, non-discriminatory and enforceable legislation that would benefit all South Africans, irrespective of race, colour or creed.

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The World Forum on Sport Shooting Activities (WFSA) is an ECOSOC NGO at United Nations representing over 100 million hunters and sport shooters.  We also represent most of the major civilian firearms and ammunition manufacturers. SAGA is a paid up voting member and is represented on the EXCO.

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