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South Africa. 2008 ‘Legal Instruments - Destruction.’ National Report of South Africa on its Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 3. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of the Republic of South Africa to the United Nations. 1 January

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During the amnesty which was declared through the domestic legislation for the period 1 January 2005 to 30 June 2005, a total of 34 832 illegal firearms and 608 794 illegal rounds of ammunition had been surrendered to the South African Police Service.

As from the inception of the Firearms Control legislation a total of approximately 110 000 legal firearms and a total of approximately 1.6 million legal rounds of ammunition have been voluntary handed to the South African Police Service for destruction.

The South African Government continues to intensify its law enforcement efforts with the focus of combating illegal firearms circulation and trafficking. As from July 2005 to date, law enforcement agencies in South Africa have confiscated approximately 25 000 illegal firearms and 1.4 million rounds of ammunition.

In line with South Africa's policy that all surplus, obsolete, surrendered and confiscated small arms and light weapons must be destroyed, these have been destroyed or are awaiting destruction. This policy has been followed as a key preventative measure to address the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.

During the period July 2005 to date the South African authorities destroyed approximately 400 000 firearms. As from the adoption of the UNPoA in July 2001 the South African Government has destroyed approximately 595 000 firearms.

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