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Thwala, Phumelele. 2004 ‘Arms Collection and Destruction Programmes.’ Hide and Seek: Taking Account of Small Arms in Southern Africa, pp. 279-80. Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies. 1 October

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The RSP has engaged in one arms collection programme to date, namely Operation Recover Firearm. This programme was initiated in October 2001 and resulted in the seizure of 270 illegal firearms by the police…(25)

Earlier studies by Oosthuysen and Meek published official crime data from the Royal Swazi Police on arms seizures from 1994 to 1997, stating that 394 arms were seized by the Swazi authorities.(26)

The Royal Swaziland Police (RSP) are responsible for destroying illegal and confiscated small arms. All such arms, including surplus and redundant arms, are held in the central armoury located at Police Headquarters, where firearm destruction equipment has been provided by the British government. However, it seemed that one of the operators of the equipment had been injured during the initial testing, and as a result the equipment was no longer in use.(27)

At the end of 2002, the Swazi Police reported that there were 713 firearms in their possession that were earmarked for destruction. However, none of these weapons had been destroyed by the end of 2003. The researchers were told that the RSP were engaged in a joint initiative with the South African government to have these firearms transported to Pretoria for destruction.


25) Examples include: "58 People Arrested in Operation Recovery," Times of Swaziland, 21 December 2001; "At Least 22 Guns, 18 Computers Recovered by Police Operation," Times of Swaziland, 7 February 2002; "Police Nab 134 for Illegal Firearms," Times of Swaziland, 23 April 2002.

26) 60% of the arms seized were handguns; 17% were AK-47 rifles; 14% were shotguns and 8% were other rifles. Oosthysen, G. 1996. Small Arms Proliferation and Control in Southern Africa. Braamfontein: SAIIA; Meek, S. Op cit.

27) Comment by Ms. Lydia Dlamini, Legal Advisor, Swaziland Police, SARPCCO workshop on marking, tracing and disposal of firearms, 3-4 April 2003, Harare, Zimbabwe.

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