n SA Crime Quarterly - Proactive policing can solve the illicit firearms problem : Operation Sethunya

Volume 2004, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1991-3877



In 2003 the South African Police Service intensified its efforts to confiscate illegal firearms and check legal owners' compliance with the firearms legislation. The initiative with the highest profile was Operation Sethunya ('firearm') run from April to September 2003. Sethunya was the largest ever police effort in the country focused exclusively on stemming the proliferation of firearms. The amount of weapons and ammunition collected during the operation is impressive, but what impact has it had on the number of illicit firearms in circulation?

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