- May 11, 2011
https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-04-17-ban-guns-for-private-citizens-says-bheki-cele-as-30000-weapons-are-destroyed/There should be no guns for private citizens, Minister of Police Bheki Cele said at Arcelor Mittal Steel in Vereeniging on Wednesday, where 30,000 firearms were destroyed.
The weapons were placed in a giant “pot” and smelted, resulting in a hot mess reminiscent of lava. For safety reasons, observers were made to stand well clear of the action.
Cele said most illegal firearms made their way to criminals when they were stolen from homes during robberies.
The firearms destined for the furnace on Wednesday ended up in the hands of the state either through being seized by or voluntarily handed over to the SAPS across the country’s provinces.