7 December 2018

South Africa: 'Fewer Guns, Fewer Murders' - Winde Aims to Fast-Track Search Warrants in Hunt for Illegal Firearms


One of the key challenges in reducing the high crime rate in the Western Cape is the shortage of detectives and other staff, resources such as police vehicles, and the securing of criminal convictions, says Western Cape Minister of Community Safety Alan Winde.

"Fewer guns means fewer murders", said Western Cape Minister of Community Safety Alan Winde at a press briefing in Cape Town on Thursday 6 November.

The community safety department has launched a hotline where people can be rewarded R10,000 for anonymously reporting an illegal firearm which is handed over the police. Thus far more than 70 calls have been fielded. Half have information which could lead to the confiscation of illegal firearms and ammunition. Winde said he will meet judicial officials in an attempt to "fast track" search warrants to ensure there are no delays in confiscating illegal firearms reported to authorities.

In gang-ridden communities where gunshots are heard on a daily basis and children are often too afraid to play outside, go to the store or walk to school, Winde said that too many people are...

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