Crime Prevention : Safety Tips
Firearm safety : Rub out gun violence
Violence against women and children is one of the biggest
challenges that South Africa faces. Many children injure or
fatally wound others or themselves with firearms that are left
unattended by an irresponsible firearm owner. Government and the
South African Police Service (SAPS) are doing everything in
their power to oppose violence against women and children.
What can I do when I am, or someone else is, exposed to
violence at home?
You can obtain a protection order against any form of violence
from your nearest Magistrate's Court after you have made a
statement at your nearest police station.
Please do not be scared to report any acts of violence or
abuse that take place in your home to the SAPS.
The SAPS will come to your home if you inform them that you
are being treated in a violent or abusive manner.
When the SAPS members arrive at your home, tell them if there
is a firearm in the house. The SAPS will search the premises and
seize any firearm that is found.
If the abuser has a firearm, the SAPS will establish whether
he/she has a firearm licence. If he/she does not have a licence,
the police will charge him/her with the illegal possession of a
Always keep the following in mind:
Children must always be reminded that a firearm is not a toy.
They must never try to take a firearm out of a firearm safe even
if, by chance, they get hold of the keys to the safe.
An air gun is still a dangerous weapon. Although the
government has removed restrictions from air guns, the abuse of
an air gun is regarded as an offence.
There should always be an adult present whenever a minor uses
an air gun.
Help rub out gun violence to make South Africa a safe place
where our dreams for a prosperous future will become a reality.
Report illegal firearms or the abuse of firearms immediately to
Phone SAPS CRIME STOP 08000 10111
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