Giving substance to political will: The role of the SAPS in destroying firearms

  • Ben Coetzee ISS
  • Noel Stott ISS
Keywords: SAPS, firearm, police, crime, South Africa, security, firearm destruction


The South African government has consistently stated that peace and security in the Southern African region and on the African continent must remain a top priority. This progressive attitude toward regional security is evident in South Africa's approach to the control of small arms and light weapons at a national, regional and international level. This article examines the firearm destruction policies and processes of the South African Police Service (SAPS). It analyses the positive effects and the negative outcomes of the decision to decentralise firearm destruction to provincial level.

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