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16 March 2009 : Freedom Front : FCR in chaos

Postby GOSA » Mon, 2009-03-16 15:50

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SUBJECT : FIREARM LICENSE REGISTER IN CHAOS - CUT OFF DATE UNREALISTIC
ISSUED BY : Mr. Pieter Groenewald
CAPACITY : FF Plus Spokesperson: Safety and Security
DATE : 16 March 2009


The Minister of Safety and Security, Mr. Nathi Mthethwa, has released the latest figures for applications for the renewal of licenses of firearms in terms of the Control of Firearms Act (Firearms Act). He was replying to written question of Mr. Pieter Groenewald, (MP) of the Freedom Front Plus in Parliament. According to the answer of the Minister, only 604 928 applications for competency certificates and 881 136 applications for renewals of firearm licenses were received in the period from 2004 to the end of January 2009. The period for applications comes to an end on the 31st March 2009. In South Africa there are approximately 2 million firearm owners, each of whom has to obtain a competency certificate and approximately 4 million registered firearms which have to be renewed by the 30th June 2009.

"It is clear that, according to the figures which the Minister provided, the firearm registration process experienced serious problems and is in total chaos. According to his figures, only 38,8% of applications for the renewal of licenses have been processed in full and only 55,9% of the applications for competency certificates. If it is furthermore taken into account that only 22% of the 4 million firearm licenses in circulation and 30,3% of the owners' applications have been submitted, it is impossible to, before the end of the month (31 March 2009), receive and process all the applications. The FF Plus repeatedly warned that the time frame for the process for the renewal of licenses and competency certificates is unrealistic and that the Minister's Department does not have the necessary administrative capability to complete it in time. The figures now prove it", Mr. Pieter Groenewald (MP), chief spokesperson on Safety and Security for the FF Plus says.

"I am being swamped by complaints of firearm owners who have been waiting for more than two years for safe-inspections and their licenses. The Minister also acknowledges that the fingerprinting-classifications, interviews with acquaintances and safe-inspections are causing serious problems. It is precisely this administration against which the FF Plus had warned. The Freedom Front Plus will be handing proposals to the Minister, as to how the Act can be amended in order for the administration to be speeded up and the load to be lightened. The existing situation will force the Minister to amend the Firearms Act and to postpone the process further", Mr. Groenewald said.

PIETER GROENEWALD (MP)
Contact no.: 083 627 4397 / 082 472 0189

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ANTWOORD VAN MINISTER:

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY - QUESTION NO 149 - INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 13 FEBRUARY 2009 - (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 2/2009)

Date reply submitted: 12 March 2009
Mr P J Groenewald (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Safety and Security:

(1) (a) How many applications for the renewal of a licence to possess a firearm in terms of the Firearms Control Act, Act 60 of 2000, were received in (i) 2008 and (ii) during the period 1 January 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) how many of these applications in each of these years were (i) granted, (ii) rejected, (iii) taken on appeal and (iv) fully processed;

(2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

REPLY:

(1)(a) The South African Police Service (SAPS) received approximately 263 583 applications in 2008 and 15 825 applications in 2009 for the renewal of firearm licences.

The SAPS received a number of applications in the last few days before the extension of the renewal period that did not fully comply with the prescribed requirements. The applications were nevertheless accepted by the South African Police Service so that they could be processed within the prescribed renewal period. This had an impact on the total number of applications received.

(1)(b) The applications for the renewal of firearm licences were processed as follows:

Year 2008 2009
(i) Granted 133 560 7 641
(ii) Rejected 3 250 254
(iii) Taken on Appeal 510 81
(iv) Fully Processed 136 810 7 895

(2) No.

Reply to question 149 approved by Minister.



NATIONAL ASSEMBLY - QUESTION NO 148 - INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 13 FEBRUARY 2009 - (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 2/2009)

Date reply submitted: 12 March 2009
Mr P J Groenewald (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Safety and Security:

(1) (a) How many applications for a certificate of competence to possess a firearm in terms of the Firearms Control Act, Act 60 of 2000, were received in (i) 2008 and (ii) during the period 1 January 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) how many of these applications in each of these years were (i) granted, (ii) rejected, (iii) taken on appeal and (iv) fully processed;

(2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

REPLY:

(1)(a)(i) The South African Police Service received approximately 180 369 applications for competency certificates for the period of 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008. The vast number of applications were submitted between 1 January 2008 and 31 March 2008 because it was the end of the third renewal period.

(1)(a)(ii) The South African Police Service received approximately 3 754 applications for competency certificates for the period of 1 to 22 January 2009. The trend in the previous years indicate that a number of applicants are currently completing their training at accredited training institutions and will apply at the various police stations countrywide.

(1)(b) The applications for competency certificates were processed as follows:


Year 2008 2009
(i) Granted 124 226 4154
(ii) Rejected 2408 0
(iii) Taken on appeal 476 102
(iv) Fully Processed 126 154 4154

(2) No.

Reply to question 148 approved by Minister.

VORIGE VRAE EN STATISTIEK / PREVIOUS QUESTIONS AND STATISTICS

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY - QUESTION NO 433 - INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 14 MARCH 2008 - (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 9/2008)
Date reply submitted: 08 April 2008
Mr P J Groenewald (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Safety and Security:

(1) (a) How many applications for the renewal of a licence to possess a firearm in terms of the Firearms Control Act, Act 60 of 2000, were received in (i) 2004, (ii) 2005, (iii) 2006 and (iv) 2007 and (b) how many of these applications in each of these years were (i) granted, (ii) rejected, (iii) taken on appeal and (iv) fully processed;

(2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

REPLY:

(1)(a) The South African Police Service received approximately the following numbers of applications for the renewal of firearm licences in the following years:

(i) 2004: Nil. The renewal period only commenced on 1 January 2005.
(ii) 2005: 126 404

The renewal period for firearm licences was publicized to commence on 1 January 2005 and to last until 31 December 2005. A number of renewal applications were lodged with the South African Police Service at the end of 2005. Due to requests from various stakeholders and interest groups, the period for the renewal was extended to 31 March 2006 and to the same date in subsequent years. A number of applications received during the last few days before the extension of the renewal period did not fully comply with the prescribed requirements. The applications were nevertheless accepted by the South African Police Service in order to allow for their facilitation and processing within the prescribed renewal period.

(iii) 2006: 215 931

A number of renewal applications were lodged with the South African Police Service at the end of 2006 and during the latter part of the renewal period, namely in March 2006. The extended period resulted in a number of applications being submitted to the South African Police Service between 1 January 2006 and 31 March 2006. A number of applications received on the last day of the renewal period did not fully comply with the prescribed requirements. The applications were nevertheless accepted by the South African Police Service in order to allow for their facilitation and processing within the prescribed renewal period. The renewal period for business licences commenced on 1 January 2006 and ended on 31 December 2006. This had an impact on the number of applications received.

(iv) 2007: 259 393

A number of renewal applications were lodged with the South African Police Service during the latter part of the renewal period, namely during March 2007. A number of the applications received in the last few days of the renewal period did not fully comply with the prescribed requirements. The applications were nevertheless accepted by the South African Police Service in order to allow for their facilitation and processing within the prescribed renewal period.

(1)(b) The applications for the renewal of firearm licences were processed as follows::

Year 2004 2005 2006 2007
(I) Granted 0 4 089 48 159 125 248
(ii) Rejected 0 2 865 5 669 11 258
(iii) Taken on Appeal 0 0 26 162
(iv) 1Fully Processed 0 6 954 53 828 136 506

(2) No.

REPLY TO QUESTION 433 APPROVED BY MINISTER.



36/1/4/1/200800056
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO 432

DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 14 MARCH 2008
(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 9/2008)
Date reply submitted: 08 April 2008
Mr P J Groenewald (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Safety and Security:

(1) (a) How many applications for a certificate of competence to possess a firearm in terms of the Firearms Control Act, Act 60 of 2000, were received in (I) 2004, (ii) 2005, (iii) 2006 and (iv) 2007 and (b) how many of these applications in each of these years were (I) granted, (ii) rejected, (iii) taken on appeal and (iv) fully processed;

(2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

REPLY:

(1)(a) The South African Police Service received approximately the following number of applications for competency certificates in the respective years:

(i) 2004: 822
The implementation of the Firearms Control legislation commenced on 1 July 2004. The overwhelming majority of applications for competency certificates was received towards the latter part of 2004.

(ii) 2005: 85 154
The first renewal period was from 1 January 2005 until 31 December 2005. This was subsequently extended to 31 March 2006. This resulted in a situation where most of the applications for competency certificates were lodged in the latter part of 2005 and in March 2006.

(iii) 2006: 152 168

The renewal period for business licences commenced on 1 January 2006 and ended on 31 December 2006. This had an impact on the number of applications received.

(iv) 2007: 182 661

Most of the applications for competency certificates were lodged between 1 January 2007 and 31 March 2007.

(1)(b) The competency certificate applications were processed as follows:

Year 2004 2005 2006 2007
(i) Granted 8 13 455 75 820 102 621
(ii) Rejected 0 1 751 5 618 9 124
(iii) Taken on Appeal 0 0 235 113
(iv) 1Fully Processed 8 15 206 81 438 111 745

(2) No.

REPLY TO QUESTION 432 APPROVED BY MINISTER
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